Meet Patrol Deputy Norris, an exceptional law enforcement officer with a unique specialty in K-9 policing. Since February 2018, Deputy Norris has been teamed up with Maggie, an impressive Belgian Malinois. Their journey together began when they embarked on a rigorous seven-week handlers course in Omaha, Nebraska, where Norris not only learned how to effectively handle Maggie but the two also formed a strong bond. What makes their story even more remarkable is that Maggie had no prior training before joining the Sheriff's Department.
In April 2018, Deputy Norris and Maggie became a certified team and hit the streets to keep Saline County safe. Maggie's exceptional abilities serve a dual purpose, excelling in both narcotics detection and apprehension. Maggie executes her duties flawlessly when given in German. At seven years old, Maggie has been Deputy Norris' trusted partner for five years, joining his family as a member of their household. Deputy Norris takes great pride in caring for Maggie's grooming needs and veterinary appointments.
Every day on the job is an adventure for Maggie, as she never knows what awaits her. Her primary duty involves sniffing out narcotics, which accounts for approximately 95% of her street work. Whether it's assisting during a traffic stop or aiding in executing a search warrant, Maggie's keen senses and relentless dedication make her an invaluable asset. Additionally, she performs building searches and open area searches when needed.
To ensure Maggie's skills remain sharp, she undergoes regular training. Every other week, Deputy Norris and Maggie dedicate eight hours to maintenance training, including hidden narcotics searches and patrol work. The documentation of their training sessions serves as a testament to their commitment and professionalism. Annually, Maggie's proficiency is certified through the Heart of America Police Dog Association, a prestigious recognition of their ongoing dedication to excellence.
Deputy Norris has an extensive law enforcement background, serving on patrol since 2009 and as a K-9 handler since 2012. Maggie is his second K-9 partner, with his first being Leroy, a remarkable German Shepherd. Reflecting on his role as a K-9 handler, Deputy Norris expressed his appreciation for the unique experiences it brings. Early in his career, he frequently worked narcotics cases and occasionally collaborated with the Salina Police Dapartment's dog, Riddick. Intrigued by their work, he aspired to be a part of it himself. When the opportunity arose, he eagerly pursued the position and was selected. However, Deputy Norris emphasizes that being a K-9 handler is no walk in the park; it demands unwavering dedication and hard work. He firmly believes that the bond between a law enforcement officer and their canine partner strengthens over time, leading to enhanced teamwork and more efficient operations.
Deputy Norris and Maggie actively engage with the community through captivating demonstrations held in Ell-Saline and Southeast of Saline schools. Moreover, they are part of educational classes as part of the Citizens' Academy, enlightening participants about their crucial role in maintaining public safety.
In the challenging world of law enforcement, Deputy Norris and Maggie exemplify the profound impact a well-trained K-9 team can have. With their unwavering dedication and tireless efforts, they continue to serve as a beacon of safety and security for Saline County.