JEFFERSON-A new deputy recently joined the ranks of the Ashe County Sheriff’s office.
As evident by her demeanor, she is not like her fellow officers.
She doesn’t walk on two legs. She can’t drive a patrol car and her lack of thumbs would make it a little difficult to fire a service weapon if things were to get dicey in the line of duty.
What she does bring is a nose for sniffing out crime and a skill-set that her fellow officers could only dream of acquiring.
Enter Nyla – Ashe County’s newest K9 unit – who was recently assigned to the sheriff’s office narcotics division. She replaces the division’s veteran officers, who retired due to problems associated with age and eyesight.
Ashe Sheriff James Williams introduced her to the Ashe County Board of Commissioners Monday morning as part of a presentation for approval of funds that will be used in training and caring for the newest investigator.
Not including upcoming vet bills, Nyla cost approximately $5,000. Much of these of funds were secured through funds generated from the Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and donations from the community.
Nyla brings the sheriff’s office a wealth of instincts and training. She recently completed 300 hours of training with handlers in Raleigh.
Commissioner William Sands formally welcomed Nyla Monday morning.
“She came and did a tour of the sheriff’s office last week,” said Sands. “She’s a real lady and well disciplined.”
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.