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The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit consists of six teams. The K9 teams are used in a variety of ways. Two of the canines are used to detect explosives and four are used to detect narcotics.

The canines are also trained to track, locate, follow, and alert on human scent, which includes suspects who have walked or run away from crime scenes or who have barricaded themselves in a building or house. The canines are also trained to protect the handler and to hold a violent or dangerous person from escaping. The K-9 Unit members are on-call 24-hours a day.

The canines go through a basic training school prior to being deployed as a canine team, each handler and canine must complete a minimum of 400 hours of training. The K9 teams also must pass a certification through the United States Police Canine Association. These standards are demonstrated annually.

The K-9 Unit participates in several public demonstrations every year. The canines are always a crowd favorite. To request a canine demonstration, please contact Lt. Lee Carswell at (423)578-4809.

Lt. Lee Carswell
Lt. Carswell joined the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office as a Reserve Officer in 1997. He became a fulltime employee in the corrections division in 2002. He joined the K9 Unit in 2004 and began working with K9 Zeke a male Labrador Retriever. K9 Zeke was certified in tracking, narcotics and evidence detection. K9 Zeke was retired in September of 2010. Lt. Carswell is now partnered with K9 Brutus. K9 Brutus is a Belgium Malinois and is USPCA certified in narcotics detection and evidence detection.

Deputy Aaron Smith
Deputy Aaron Smith joined the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office in 2005. Deputy Smith became a member of the K9 Unit in 2007. Deputy Smith is partner with K9 Baro. K9 Baro is a male German Shepherd and is certified through the USPCA in patrol and narcotics detection.

Sullivan County Sheriff
P.O. Box 589
Blountville, TN 37617
(423) 279-7500

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