Lucy is newest addition to the BCSO’s K-9 Unit

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Posted 1/11/17

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has recently expanded its K-9 Unit with Lucy, who is a Belgium Malinois.

BCSO Deputy Chris Shope, Lucy’s K-9 handler, recently completed over 800 hours of …

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Lucy is newest addition to the BCSO’s K-9 Unit

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The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has recently expanded its K-9 Unit with Lucy, who is a Belgium Malinois.

BCSO Deputy Chris Shope, Lucy’s K-9 handler, recently completed over 800 hours of training with the police dog that incorporated numerous certifications.

A 16-week school hosted by the Chattanooga Police Department’s K-9 Unit certified the 3-year-old female canine in narcotics detection, fugitive apprehension and officer protection.

Additionally, Lucy also has been certified in evidence recovery, and is the only police dog in the area to complete this specialized certification.

She also received further certifications from “The United States Police Canine Association, Inc.” and “American Working Dogs Association” which include Patrol Dog I, Tracking Dog/Patrol Dog II, and Narcotic Detector.

Lucy was named “Top Dog” at USPCA’s certification event since she scored first overall when compared to other participating canines.

Currently out of all the canines at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Lucy holds the highest certification.

Lucy, who is known for her speed by personnel at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, has nicknamed Lucy “Pocket Rocket.”

“Lucy is a great addition to this department who will be utilized in several capacities while assigned to the patrol division,” said Sheriff Eric Watson.

“Deputy Shope and Lucy have thoroughly completed highly distinguishable certifications that will be a great benefit to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. Each of the four patrol shifts at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has been assigned a K-9 unit which will assist deputies with their investigations.”

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