The demonstrations performed by area law enforcement K-9 teams were some of the top rated events of last year’s WinterFest Smoky Style and we are proud to have them back. The schedule for the team demonstrations will be:
Saturday, February 27 – Maggie Valley Festival Grounds – 11:00, 12:30, 2:00 and 3:30
The slate of teams scheduled to appear:
Sergeant Brandon Gilmore has been an Officer since 1999 and was assigned to K-9 in 2002 when he began handling Waynesville Police Department’s first narcotics K-9 Teddy. Since that time he is currently working his second K-9 whose name is Arco. Arco is a 6 year old Belgian Malinois and both Arco and Sergeant Gilmore are assigned to the Tactical Anti Crime Unit (TAC) of the Waynesville Police Department. K-9 Arco is trained in narcotics detection, article searches, suspect searches, obedience, tracking and apprehension.
Officer Michael Blaylock has been an Officer since 2007 and been in K-9 since June of 2010. Officer Blaylock is currently assigned to the K-9 unit in the patrol division. Officer Blaylock’s partner is K-9 Cairo a Belgian Malinois that is five years old. K-9 Cairo has been a key tool in many drug related cases. Aside from narcotics detection K-9 Cairo is also certified in tracking. K-9 Cairo is also trained in article, suspect apprehension, and obedience.
Officer Jon Ramsey has been an Officer since 2013 and most recently graduated K-9 school in December of 2015. Officer Ramsey is currently assigned to the K-9 unit in the patrol division. Officer Ramsey’s partner is K-9 Luke, a German Shepard that is 1.5 years old. K-9 Luke is trained in explosive detection, article searches, suspect searches, obedience, tracking and apprehension. K-9 Luke was purchased through a joint effort between every Law Enforcement agency within Haywood County.
Officer Billy Benhart has been an Officer since 2002 where he started his career with the Waynesville Police Dept. Officer Benhart relocated to Durham North Carolina where he was a police officer there for several years before finding his way back home to Waynesville PD. Officer Benhart is currently a Master Officer assigned to the K-9 unit in the patrol division. Officer Benhart’s partner is K-9 Valor and he is a 3 year old Belgian Malinois. K-9 Valor has located numerous concealed narcotics which lead to successful prosecutions within Haywood County. K-9 Valor is also trained in article searches, obedience and tracking.
Officer Matthew Cogburn has been an Officer since 2011 and graduated K-9 school in January 2015. Officer Cogburn is currently assigned to the K-9 Unit in the patrol division. Officer Cogburn’s partner is K-9 Keizer, a Belgian Malinois that is 2 years old. K-9 Keizer has been a valuable tool in many drug related cases and tracking incidents. K-9 Keizer is also trained in article searches, obedience, and tracking.
Deputy Randy Jenkins was selected as a new K9 Handler at the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office in July 2013 and was given the greatest opportunity of my life – to become a K9 Handler. Lenny and Deputy Jenkins began our 320 hr. K9 Handler’s training which lasted approximately 4 months. Lenny is a German Shepherd, purchased and imported from Czechoslovakia. Lenny is a single purpose K9, trained in Narcotics Detection, Tracking, Article Search, and Obedience. Lenny is 5 years of age. Lenny and Deputy Jenkins are currently certified through the United States Police Canine Association.