St. Louis County sheriff’s office adds K-9

St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Smith and K-9 Wesson are the newest K-9 team to serve the County. K-9 Wesson is a dual purpose dog, trained in search and apprehension, and narcotics detection. Submitted
The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office has welcomed it’s newest member, an 18-month-old German Shepherd from the Czech Republic.

K-9 Wesson is a dual purpose K-9, trained in narcotics detection, as well as search and apprehension. He is partnered with Deputy Ryan Smith, and is expected to work mainly in the northern part of the county.

K-9 Wesson completed a 12-week training program last month and is now certified to work patrol. He is one of four K-9s now working for the sheriff’s office, and his addition brings the department’s K-9 program back to full strength.

The AMSOIL Northland Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation contributed $7,500 to help with the costs of purchasing and training K-9 Wesson. Donations to the foundation are always welcome and can be made online at

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