The current Reynolds County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was formed in February 2010. The Sheriff’s Office currently has one K-9 (Iback) that is handled by Sheriff Tom Stout. Iback is certified in narcotics detection and searches.
The safety of the public and other police officers is the primary concern of the members of the K-9 Unit. The dogs have a keen sense of smell that allows them to locate hiding suspects easier, safer and usually much quicker than officers searching by themselves. The dogs are used to search open areas, buildings, and commercial yards for suspects. The psychological effect of having a dog present in a tense situation proves beneficial to all. Countless times the dogs’ presence has de-escalated violent scenes without any physical force having to be used.
Illegal drugs are taken off the streets of Reynolds County each year as a result of using the K-9. The K-9 team is available for building searches, vehicle searches, person searches and has been utilized in the search of the area schools. The Reynolds County Sheriff has also mad the K-9 team available for any other area law enforcement to use. Sheriff Stout and Iback are the only K-9 team available in the surrounding counties and has been utilized on several occasions to assist other agencies.
The K-9 Unit provides seven-day a week coverage and is subject to callout at any time when they are off duty.