YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The newest member of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office is also probably the youngest — he’s not even 2 years old yet.
The office just got Cliff, a 60-pound, 23-month-old yellow lab imported from the Netherlands.
Unlike other K9 officers around the area, Cliff has been specifically trained by the Ohio State Highway Patrol to sniff for explosives.
Cliff and his partner, Sgt. Kevin Myers, went through seven weeks of training.
Sheriff Jerry Greene decided to add a bomb dog after threats were made to the county courthouse late last summer. Authorities learned the closest K9 unit was over an hour away in Akron.
“I want to be able to use, and utilize and lend this dog to whatever law enforcement agencies would need him,” Greene said. “I think he’s going to be a great asset. He’s trained to detect multiple different types of explosives and explosive materials.”
Cliff is now the third K9 in service with the sheriff’s office.