Walton Correctional Institution’s K-9 Team Rescues Missing Person
Tallahassee, Fla – On August 3, the Walton Correctional Institution’s K-9 Team quickly took action to assist the Walton County Sheriff’s Office in rescuing a man that went missing in a boat incident at Beer Creek in Walton County.
The Walton Correctional Institution’s K-9 Team consisted of Sergeant Douglas Landingham, Sergeant Guy Ramsey, Officer Robert Smith and K-9 Charlie. The team was advised that the missing man had departed the boat and entered the swamp in search of assistance over seven hours before. The Walton County Deputies and the K-9 Team began searching in the swamp for signs of a track. K-9 Charlie was able to pick up on the man’s scent, and they began to track him through the thick swamp and through three slews. Finally at 4:30 a.m. and over two miles later, they found the missing man.
“The men and women of the Department of Corrections serve their communities daily,” said Secretary Michael Crews. “The response of the Walton C.I. K-9 team in assisting local law enforcement to find this individual and bring him to safety illustrates their diligence and commitment to their community.”
This successful rescue can be accredited to both the extensive training and skill of the Department’s K-9 Teams, as well as the Department’s ongoing partnerships with local law enforcement agencies. The Department has 38 K-9 programs statewide which are used to support other law enforcement agencies with felon apprehension, searching for missing persons and locating and providing aid to persons in distress. In Fiscal Year 2013-2014, the Department’s K-9 tracking teams were deployed 710 times.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.