Jennings County adds new police dog to sheriff’s arsenal

Sgt. Allen Ritchie, Vampir and Sheriff Gary Driver. Photo courtesy of Jennings County Sheriff’s Department.

The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department has a new police dog.

19-month-old German shepherd Vampir will be handled by Sg. Allen Ritchie. They have graduated from six weeks of training at the FM K-9 Training Centre in Elkhart according to an announcement from the sheriff’s department.

Vampir is certified in narcotics detection, tracking, and criminal apprehension. Authorities say Vampir can detect drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.