VERNON - The Northwest Florida Reception Center K-9 Team made short work of locating a suspect wanted in connection with a vehicle theft Saturday, June 20.
K-9 team members Sgt. Derek Kirkland, Sgt. J. T. Mann, Ofc. Dylan Lee, Capt. Jonathan Barber and K-9s "Jack" and "Liza" arrived on scene and received information that the suspect, Jacob Isaac Martin, had been spotted approximately a half mile from the crime scene.
The team moved to Martin's last known location and was able to establish a track, apprehending Martin less than a mile away before turning him over to WCSO.
"Our local K-9 teams are a valuable asset to our law enforcement agencies," said Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock. "We are grateful for their assistance."
"K-9 programs statewide assist local law enforcement agencies with felon apprehension, locating missing persons and locating and providing aid to persons in distress," said Warden Maddox. "They are a very valued member of the facilities and the communities in which they serve."
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.