By Correne Martin
Growing up in other communities and working as a police officer in the area, Deputy Joe Breeser has seen the effects of drugs on our communities. Soon, he will get the opportunity to make more of a difference, as Crawford County’s first K-9 officer.
Deputy Breeser was recently selected for the new position by Sheriff Dale McCullick. He will attend six weeks of handler training with a one-year-old Belgian Malinois at Southern Police Canine in Nashville, N.C., July 21, before the pair take active duty locally in mid-September.
“He will still be a traffic officer, but will basically be hauling around a partner now,” McCullick said of Breeser, who has worked part-time for Crawford County since 2009 and full-time since 2011. “We felt the county had a need for a K-9. Most other counties our size have one. Vernon and Grant Counties both have two, and Richland and Clayton Counties each have one.”