K-9's top priority is keeping our community and police officers safe

CLARKSTON, WA - The Asotin County Sheriff's Office has a new officer who's really hitting the ground running.

Reporter Carol Zinke met with him during a training session and has this report.

Meet Olly. He's a 3 year old Belgian Malinois who's been working for the Asotin County Sheriff's Office for a little over a year now. Deputy Joe Snyder said he's an important part of the team.

"He does the tracking, building searches, evidence finds, suspect apprehensions and other things like that," said Snyder. "He also works on the narcotics side, so he's looking for illegal drugs and he'll do vehicle and building searches for that."

Olly is a patrol and narcotics dog and Snyder said the dogs aren't just trained to bite people... They're out there to keep the officers safe.

As a patrol dog, Olly is trained to go into dangerous situations first, to protect the lives of his officers.

"It's Olly's job to go through the door first," said Deputy Snyder. "It's Olly's job to jump the fence first, and that keeps officers and deputies like myself safe out on the road.

With the new legalization of marijuana in Washington, Deputy Snyder said their agency decided not to train Olly to sniff out pot. And while Olly's not sniffing out bad guys he's making public appearances like this one at Heights Elementary School. Students got to meet Olly and learn about his important duties.

Deputy Jeff Polillo said Olly is more than just a dog.

"He's an extra patrol officer," said Polillo. "He goes into dangerous situations without fear, so myself and other deputies can go home at night."

Olly can run over 30-miles per hour and jump as high as 8 feet in the air. Polillo said Olly is a huge asset to the sheriff's department.

"This is another tool in our bag to utilize to help us do our job and to make our community a much safer place," said Polillo.

Olly is expected to stay on the force for about seven years,or until he isn't able to physically do his job.