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A new K9 officer has been selected as a part of the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Clint Gogel will be taking the new role.

Gogel has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office for 10 years, he started working as a Jail Officer for three years and has been a Deputy for the last 7.

Gogel has served the office and the community in many forms including; Emergency Response Team, Sniper, Field Training Officer, as well a First Responder and has served as a Fireman for the Ireland Fire Department.

Meanwhile, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone in the community for their continued support as they continually strive to meet the needs of citizens and provide professional services.

Last year they saw the retirement of K9 Judge, and K9 Karma will soon be reaching retirement age. Moving forward in 2019 the department says they will be reactivating the Sheriff’s Office’s K9 program.

The sheriff’s office says with the ever-increasing presence and use of drugs in the community, as well as violence and property crimes, they would like to keep the K9 program alive and viable.

A new dual-purpose dog will greatly expand the Sheriff Office capabilities, allowing it to quickly detect the controlled substance in places like schools and businesses, as well as vehicles.

The new Sheriff K-9 will be used during traffic stops, consent searches, searches related to arrest, as well as searches pursuant to a search warrant. The K-9 will continue to increase the efficiency of the sheriff office.

A trained K-9’s acute sense of smell can help it search a location for drugs in a fraction of the time it would take an officer. Furthermore, the K-9 will also be trained to assist in the tracking of lost persons and the apprehension of fleeing suspects.

Due to county budget constraints, the Sheriff’s Office says they are seeking donations from community members, civic groups, and businesses in order to afford the continuing costs and purchasing of a new K-9 and equipment.

All donations will be put towards the purchase and training of the new K9, and to aid the Sheriff’s Office in the fight in illegal drug activity for the Dubois County community.

The Sheriff’s Office says any and all donations will be helpful in their efforts. Contact Deputy Clint Gogel (812-639-9950) and Detective Jesus Monarrez (812-639-2214)

The Sheriff’s Office thanks any and all who continue to support the agency, and the community.

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