SHALIMAR, Fla. (WALA) – Students in Okaloosa county will have a regular four-legged visitor in schools with them, with the goal of helping keep them safe.
Kilo, an 8-year-old yellow labrador retriever, who has been serving with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office since he was two years old, will now be a part of the Sheriff’s office’s Youth Services division, and keep an eye — or nose — on classrooms, lockers and parking lots in schools across the county.
Deputy Mark Nucci, Kilo’s handler, said the dogs presence should act as a deterrent to those looking to bring drugs onto school grounds, because students don’t know when they’ll be present.
“In addition to narcotics detection duties, K9 “Kilo” is also a good natured ambassador for the OCSO, “ said Sheriff Larry Ashley. Ashley is a former K-9 handler himself.