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Colleton County Sheriff’s Office welcomes Kuno

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office has a new deputy on its local force, with this new officer offering a certain fuzzy advantage.

Kuno is the department’s latest K9 officer. The 2 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois had to be proficient in narcotic detection, tracking an unknown suspect, obedience and building searches before he could be certified. He is assigned to his handler, Deputy Raymond Davis, who became a certified canine handler with Kuno for the CCSO on June 10, 2016.

The sheriff’s office bought Kuno from the American Society of Canine Trainers (ASCT) and he officially joined the department this month. Kuno is one of two canine officers that the local sheriff’s office has.

Sheriff Andy Strickland never imagined hiring a man who was taking a leap of faith would end up so beneficial for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and to the community.  Raymond Davis was hired in August of 2015 after he had spent three months at his son’s, Brantley Davis, hospital bed.  Davis felt it was a calling from God to give back to his community after they had helped him and his family so much during the tragic accident his son was involved in.  After struggling with his calling, Davis met with Strickland to talk about his desire to work for the CCSO and particularly his longing to work with a K9.  After interviewing Davis, Strickland decided he would be a good candidate for the K9 unit which was in need of a new dog and handler with Gator being the only K9 on staff.

Kuno is originally from the Netherlands.  He arrived at ASCT, located in Virginia, when he was two years old and already had some basic skills.  They kept him for two weeks to make sure he would be a good fit for Colleton County.  After it was decided he was the perfect dog, Deputy Davis was invited to Virginia to go thru basic handling school and learn how to work a police dog.  The pair then had to come to Colleton County to continue their training for the next three weeks.  During this training block Davis and Kuno trained six hours of Davis’ twelve hour shifts.  “Cpl. Godley and Gator were a huge help during our training time.  Kuno and I are really looking forward to working with them as a team,” said Davis.

Deputy Raymond Davis and Kuno take a break from training in the hot summer sun. Photo by Christie Slocum

Sheriff Strickland said “Raymond is going to do great things.  I have already heard how well he and Kuno impressed the instructor at ASCT.  The duo will help ensure the safety of the citizens of Colleton County.”  For Davis, being a K9 handler is a lifelong dream come true.  Giving back to his community after they gave to him and his family has become his number one mission.  Remember, Kuno is a working dog and not a pet.  If you see Gator or Kuno working with their handlers, please do not approach them without permission from their handlers.

Christie Slocum (350 Posts)