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Distinguished canine deputy retires from Rock County Sheriff’s Office

Rock County Sheriff's Office

Rock County Sheriff’s Office

After discovering 310 grams of cocaine, 202 grams of heroin and 305 grams of methamphetamine in 2015 alone, Rock County Canine Deputy Dex is retiring with distinction.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office held a retirement party on Oct. 25 for the dog after his six years of service.

“Dex is going to enjoy his life at home, which is well-deserved,” Sgt. Wayne Hansen told the Beloit Daily News.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Dex was partnered with Deputy Shawn Nolan for all of his years with the force. The canine deputy was purchased by Nolan from the county to become a domesticated dog upon Dex’s retirement. Hansen told the Beloit Daily News that this has been the common procedure when canine deputies retire.

“Overall, it’s been a pretty awesome experience for me,” Nolan said. “But it’s time for Dex to retire, because he’s getting older and slower, and he deserves rest.”

According to Nolan, all of the police training can take a toll on a dog’s body. Hansen also said canine deputies serving five to six years is common, because the county agrees to a five-year commitment when the canine is first placed. That commitment can be extended depending on the dog’s interest. Nolan said Dex is nine years old and began his training to be a canine deputy when he was two-and-a-half.

Nolan explained the role of deputy canines, saying they are often utilized to ensure an officer’s safety and to find items investigators might have overlooked.

Hansen said his canine deputy, who served from 1995 to 2000, was his best partner, and the same is true for Nolan and Dex.

“Dex is the best partner Nolan has ever had,” Hansen told the Beloit Daily News. “He’s probably smelled the best, too.”

During Dex’s career with the Sheriff’s Office, he assisted in nearly 300 narcotic sniffs, a significant number of which which lead to felony arrest and warrants. Nolan told the Beloit Daily News that his proudest moment was in September 2013, when Dex located an elderly man lost in the woods near the Town of Beloit in just 15 minutes.

“It was cold that night…and (Dex) may have saved someone’s life,” Nolan said.

During his time as a member of the law enforcement community, Dex also worked with the Patrol Bureau, SWAT Team and the Special Investigation Unit.

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