Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit
Deputy Manfred, age 2, originally from Jussen, Germany. He now lives with his partner, Deputy Ron Kominski and family. The team successfully completed a six-week training program at the end of June. He has already conducted several successful narcotics searches. They were sworn in by Sheriff Mark Steelman on July 18, 2019.
Wayne County District Attorney Pat Robinson used money from the DA’s Forfeiture Fund, which consists of assets seized from drug dealers by the Wayne County Drug Task Force, to obtain and train Deputy Manfred. During the training program, he and Deputy Ron Kominski earned certifications from the American Police Canine Association, the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy and the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers.
Robinson said these certifications allow the team to be recognized in the courts of Pennsylvania. In particular, Manfred has been trained to detect narcotics, track lost, missing and fleeing subjects, search buildings or outdoor areas, search evidence and articles and apprehend suspects.
Sheriff's Deputy Manfred could be the recipient of up to $5,000 in grant funding, if he can gather enough online votes in the Aftermath K-9 Grant program. The funds, a portion of the $16,500 in total prize money, can be used for training, equipment and general expenses.
Communities all over the country are voting for their favorite K-9 officer so vote early and vote often. You can Vote for Manfred once every 24 hours between Oct. 23 and Nov. 3.
The grant is sponsored by Aftermath Services, a crime scene and biohazard remediation company.
You can earn extra votes by following them on Instagram @AftermathK9Grant. Like the daily K9 Grant post and tell us who you’re voting for in the comments. Happy posting!
T-shirt, Sweatshirt Fundraising Campaign
The Sheriff's Department also began a T-shirt and sweatshirt fundraiser for the K-9 Unit. Prices vary on the two-sided design, which comes in short sleeve and long sleeve T-shirts; and a pull-over hooded sweatshirt with a front pocket. Adult sizes range from small to 4x, with youth small, medium and large available, too. There are also stickers available for $5.Call Keara Drew at the Sheriff's Department at 570-253-2641.