Wayne County Deputy Sheriff Garrett Abel knew she was a winner long before most of the public had even had a chance to meet her, and now he has been proven right in his pride of his police companion, known as Deny.
Deny, a Belgian Malinois, is the result of a long campaign, spearheaded by Abel, to gain a police dog for Wayne County. Many efforts have been put in place, many grants have been written and many dollars have been donated by Wayne County folks, in order to achieve this goal.
Deny is not the first K-9 member to join the force in this area. Other officers have had a K-9 as their partner in the past, but with the arrival of Deny the variety of operations can be expanded to include what she can offer the county.
Deny is turning out to be quite an asset to the department. She has helped discover several thousand dollars worth of narcotics and has also helped in some fugitive situations since her duties in an official capacity went into effect in March 2012. She aids Deputy Abel in police demonstrations at area schools and other community functions and has recently earned the respect of many in a state-wide police dog competition.
The recent event was held April 15, 16 and 17 at Fort Madison and Deny placed third in the Vehicle Search of the United States Police Canine Association competition. She competed and placed high in a field of 60 applicants, which is quite a remarkable feat for a K-9 who is only four years old.
K-9s work an average of eight to nine years, which means the future looks bright for both Deny and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. As she improves her skills she will become more valuable in aiding and assisting officers and while Deputy Abel is undeniably proud of his fellow officer Deny, he is more proud of the way his county has come together and stood behind the K-9 program. He says without the support given to maintain it, Deny would not be possible. The program is operated through donation and grant funding and according to Abel, it is only right that the public, which supports Deny, is aware of her accomplishments and the plans for her future.
Abel has currently applied for a grant to gain agility equipment, which will allow Deny to practice for future Patrol Dog Trials certifications.
Deny is currently certified in Narcotics Detection, Search and Rescue as well as Tracking, Article Search and Officer Safety (bite work).
Each spring the Patrol Dog Trials offer narcotic trials and each fall they offer the range of certifications that Deny has already completed.
For those who want to see the K-9 program continue to exist and grow in Wayne County, donations can be made through contact with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in person, or by calling 641-872-1566, to find out how to make a donation.
While there, stop by the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office and take a look at the portraits of the previous K-9 officers the department has had the pleasure of working with.
If you see Deputy Abel and Deny out and about, stop and say hello—she is quite a K-9. She is polite and patient and does not bite unless on command—and neither does Deputy Abel!