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St Mary Parish Sheriff's Office announces first female K9 handler

SMPSO female handler
SMPSO female handler
Posted at 3:37 PM, Aug 21, 2020

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office has welcomed their first female K9 handler to the team.

Sheriff Blaise Smith and the deputies of the SMPSO announced the hiring on Friday of Deputy Danielle Wilson.

Deputy Wilson will be teamed up with K9 Jace, a 5-year-old German Shepherd who is NNDDA (National Narcotics Detector Dog Association) certified in Narcotics Detection. Sheriff Blaise Smith says that Jase will soon be certified as a dual purpose dog which will add to his capabilities.

Smith says that Deputy Wilson was pursuing her degree in college to become a lawyer when she was encouraged by a friend to apply for a job in law enforcement. She was hired as a dispatcher and eventually made her way to become a Communications Shift Supervisor.

"She came to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office with four years of experience in communications and was hired as a Patrol Deputy. After graduating from the St. Mary Parish Regional Training Academy, she is now a part of our K9 section."

Sheriff Smith has expanded the K9 Section since he was elected Sheriff. He says he is excited about Deputy Wilson and K9 Jace as a new K9 team on the road.

"I want to welcome Deputy Danielle Wilson and K9 Jace as our new K9 team here at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office. Our K9 program has been very successful and this is just another welcomed addition to our continuing efforts to serve the citizens of St. Mary Parish."
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