Chief Olander Smith and Franklinton Police Department welcome the newest member of our law enforcement family, K-9 Finley, a 1-yr. old black lab whose services will be utilized with Franklinton Police Department’s Search and Rescue/Compassion Program. Patrolman First Class Anthony Cox, who is spearheading the program, has worked with K-9’s throughout his law enforcement career and will be Finley’s handler. He contacted Animal House Rescue in Hammond, who donated Finley to our department. Finley was surrendered by her owner due to health issues and being unable to keep her. The St. John Parish Animal Control, who fostered Finley to the Animal House Rescue, is a 501 (C) (3) who rescues dogs, cats, and other neglected animals, and finds suitable homes for them.
Finley is a Search and Rescue K-9. She will aid her handler in searching for lost and missing individuals, and will also provide comfort while visiting local schools, hospitals, and nursing home facilities. Finley is not, nor will she be trained as an apprehension canine for criminal patrol.
In order to be qualified, Finley first had to pass a temperance test to confirm that she fits the profile of a comfort dog. After becoming qualified, Finley was then enrolled at the USK9 Unlimited Training Center for an 8-week training program to learn Level 2 obedience and Search and Rescue.
Finley’s training is being paid in part by the Deputy Jeremy Triche Hero Foundation. Deputy Triche and his partner, Deputy Brandon Nielson, were both ambushed and killed in the line of duty while responding to a disturbance which occurred in St. John Parish in 2012. Franklinton Police Department is honored to have Finley, in memory of these officers.
Chief Smith wishes to thank the St. John Parish Animal Control, Animal House Rescue, USK9 Unlimited Training Center and Pfc. Cox for all the work that has gone into this project.