Our current K-9 unit began in December of 2009 with the addition of Rambo, a black Labrador, to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office family. He was paired with Unit Supervisor Sergeant Jodey Powell as his handler. Rambo served the agency nobly until his retirement in late 2011.
K-9 Deputy Darci joined our ranks in February of 2012. She and her partner, Sergeant Powell, quickly began their tour of duty by obtaining certifications through the National Police Canine Association, the International Forensic Research Institute and the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association as well as completing many advanced K-9 training classes.
They have assisted local, state and federal agencies including the DEA, ICE, HITDA, FBI, GBI, GSP, FCDTF and the Henry County Board of Education. During which the team has assisted with hundreds of search warrants (many of which Darci provided probable cause) resulting in the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and drugs.
Darci’s training and reliability have held up in court at the state and federal level.
K-9 Deputy Zeke is partnered with Reserve Sergeant Frank Basile. Sergeant Basile has been in law enforcement since 1986 and certified his first patrol dog in 1987 and has been involved in police K-9 training ever since.
He purchased Zeke in 2012 as a 4 month old pup and started his training. Zeke received his first National Narcotic Detector Dog Association certification in 2013 and continues to certify each year. He received his National Police Canine Association certification in 2014 and has attended many other advanced K-9 training classes.
K-9 Erin, who is partnered with Deputy Todd Powell, was purchased in 2019 and is trained to detect a wide array of explosive materials ranging from gunpowder to sophisticated explosive ingredients in large or small quantities. Upon completion of her training, Erin was awarded the honor of "Top Dog" for her skills during the five week Department of Homeland Security training class. Erin and Deputy Powell have worked major events including Super Bowl LIII.
Zeke and Reserve Sergeant Basile, Erin and Deputy Powell work with Sergeant Powell and Darci at the Henry County Schools and the Henry County Detention Facility.