Sheriff John A. Zechman is honored to announce that effective April 17, 2017 the Snyder County Sheriff's Office first K-9 Unit has been placed in service. The newest deputy is a male German Shepherd named Leo that has received his instruction and certification at Shallow Creek Kennels located in western Pennsylvania. Leo and his handler Chief Deputy Lucas Bingman have received intensive training in narcotics detection and human tracking.
The K-9 Unit has been funded through many generous donations from individuals, businesses, community organizations and school students. Leo will also be making appearances at local schools, senior centers and other community events that the Snyder County Sheriff's Office participates in, to create awareness and provide education on drug prevention. The K-9 Unit was formed because the Snyder County Sheriff's Office wanted to take a proactive approach against the opioid epidemic in addition to expanding the Drug Take Back program and receiving Narcan training for overdose reversals at no additional cost to the taxpayers.
Leo will be made available to law enforcement agencies in Snyder County and throughout the central Susquehanna Valley. Leo will also be made available to the Court system as a calming tool for any children that may be uncomfortable with a courtroom setting.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Snyder County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit can do so by mailing a check or money order to 12 South Main St., Middleburg, PA 17842, or by appearing in person at the Snyder County Sheriff's Office. Thank you for your support!