The Washoe County Sheriff’s Detention Facility will receive a new K-9 thanks to a generous $25,325.00 grant from Reno’s Helen Close Charitable Foundation.
The Close Foundation grant was accepted, with appreciation, by the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners during today’s meeting. The grant will be used for the purchase of the new canine and to cover expenses necessary for training.
“The presence of canines in our Detention Facility greatly enhances the overall safety of our operations,” Washoe County Sheriff Sergeant Anthony Miceli said. “These animals are able to detect the smallest amounts of narcotic or explosive odors, helping us to quickly and effectively prevent criminal activity within the facility.”
In addition to narcotic and contraband sniffs, detention facility canines are responsible for perimeter checks, safeguarding the housing units, and assisting with combative inmates.
Sergeant Miceli said the canines are extremely effective with assisting staff when controlling large groups of inmates.
“Simply the presence of the dog results in a reduction of unrest, fights, and disciplinary problems,” he said.
This is the second grant-funded K-9 Unit assigned to the Detention Facility since 2010. In addition to working inside the facility, both teams will have the training and skills necessary to serve patrol units in the field when necessary.