New K9 Deputy at Washington County Sheriff's Office

New K9 Deputy at Washington County Sheriff's Office

"The demeanor of a blood hound is, you know laid back, they're not aggressive, people aren't afraid of bloodhound," said Cpl. John Martin, Bess's handler.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - There's a new deputy at the Washington County Sheriff's Office. This K9 member trained for months before joining the force but now she's sniffing her way through Washington County.

Bess is the new K9 deputy at the sheriff's office.

"Getting K9 Bess was primarily because we have a lot of missing people these days," said Sheriff Doug Mullendore.

After police training for 10 weeks, Bess's primary focus is tracking people. Since June, she's already found found two missing people.

"The demeanor of a blood hound is, you know laid back, they're not aggressive, people aren't afraid of bloodhound," said Cpl. John Martin, Bess's handler. "You know the big floppy ears, they're happy go lucky dogs and they're less intimidating especially to a small child or even an Alzheimer's patient that may be intimated by environmental features."

Bloodhounds also help police find suspects.

"You know if someone has robbed a bank for example and fled on foot we would use Bess to track that individual," said Sheriff Mullendore. "Often times it leads to an area where a car may have been parked and then you know witnesses may have seen something in the area and it'll give us a description of a getaway vehicle."

There are several bloodhounds working with various police agencies across Maryland but Bess is the only one working in Washington County.

And what makes Bess special is that she was donated by a local resident.

"We adopted her through the donation of John Reese and we're very appreciative of him for that," said Sheriff Mullendore. "You know community is better off because of that."

It's been 10 years since the Washington County Sheriff's Office has had a bloodhound. Bess is their third one.

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