K-9 Officer Jano will be retiring this week after six great years of service to Paulding County and the surrounding counties. Jano will be enjoying a relaxing retirement as a house dog. Jennifer Dempsey/Paulding County Progress
K-9 Officer Jano will be retiring this week after six great years of service to Paulding County and the surrounding counties. Jano will be enjoying a relaxing retirement as a house dog. Jennifer Dempsey/Paulding County Progress
By JENNIFER DEMPSEY

Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING – The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office will say good-bye to one of their own this week as a deputy will punch the clock for the final time.

K-9 Deputy Jano will be retiring from the force and join the rank of retired. Jano joined the sheriff’s office in 2013 at the tender age of one.

Jano and his handler, Gary Deitrick, underwent a 14 week training program to learn to work together in the areas of obedience, tracking, drug detection and attack.

During his law enforcement career, Jano has performed 152 vehicle sniffs, searched buildings for suspects 15 times, searched for narcotics in buildings 19 times and tracked humans eight times.

Retirement will be a new adventure for Jano. Having spent most of his life in an outside kennel at Deitrick’s house, Jano will now get to be a house dog.

“He’s going to be like any house dog. It will be a transition for him. During the cold spells this winter he came in the house for a few days and he started to mellow out. Stretching out on the couch and being a couch potato.” Deitrick says.

Deitrick and Jano have had a very successful career together. “My favorite thing about working with Jano is knowing I always had back-up. It’s kind of neat as the years go on to see how more attentive he was. When we first started on the road, he would keep sleeping if I got out of the car. But now, if I’m out of the car, he is watching and paying attention,” reflected Deitrick.

The canine officers also assist other counties with school locker searches or special circumstances that arise. The pair usually works second shift, but Jano and Deitrick are always on call if other deputies need their services.

Jano was the first canine in 20 years to join the force. When he joined, the Sheriff’s Department also purchased a specially equipped K-9 SUV. The SUV is equipped with temperature sensors to make sure Jano doesn’t get overheated in the vehicle if Deitrick leaves the vehicle.

A fan will turn on and the windows will lower if the temperature reaches a certain level.

Another feature of the vehicle is for the deputy’s protection. Should Deitrick be unable to open the door to deploy Jano, he can press a remote to open the door and release Jano.

One of Jano’s favorite parts of the job is visiting schools. He enjoys searching lockers and also seeing all the kids!

Since Jano will be leaving, the Sheriff will be adding another K-9 officer and handler to the force. The position is posted internally and an officer will be chosen according to when the next training class is available and when the funds to purchase a new dog will be raised.

Both K-9s on the force cost roughly $7,000 each. In addition to that cost is the fee for both the dog and handler to go through training.

If anyone would like to contribute money towards the cost of a new K9 officer, please contact Sheriff Jason Landers.

Jano has given six great years of service to our community and we hope retirement treats him well.