“Ozzie’s drive to learn is amazing. Training with him is a phenomenal experience,” said DeMeo. “However, continued training is necessary to maintain and improve skills.”
DeMeo referred to Ozzie as a “dual-purpose canine,” noting that he is trained to locate lost people as well as searching for drugs.
In April, the officer-canine team will train to work together to apprehend suspects.
“Ozzie has been trained to aggressively scratch when he locates contraband,” said Deputy DeMeo. “If you get pulled over by a team involving a K-9, and have something illegal hidden in the vehicle, and don’t want the vehicle to get torn up, I recommend telling the officers where the drugs are.”