Two Indiana departments welcome newest K9 deputies

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. — Two Indiana departments are welcoming their newest deputies into the fold this week. 

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department swore in their new K9 Deputy, Diesel, on Monday afternoon.

Diesel and his partner Deputy Matt Bush were recognized as Diesel received his badge during a ceremony at the Bartholomew County Commisioner’s meeting.

Diesel came to the department after Bartholomew County Dispatcher Dylan Prather organized a project to raise money for the purchase of a new dog for the Columbus Police Department.

Prather was a student at North High School at the time and heard that the department was in need of a second K9 unit. He was able to secure a $18,000 donation from Real World Testing to allow the department to purchase Diesel. 

The Noblesville Police Department is also welcoming their first female K9 Deputy, Bonnie to the force.

Bonnie and her handler, Officer Lynn, both passed their certifications and will begin working together this week. Bonnie is trained to detect drugs, track and apprehend criminals. 

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