The Searcy County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit currently consists of Deputy Joey Baysinger partnered with K9 "Vader." They are assigned to patrol.
The K9 Unit is trained in drug detention, tracking, article searches, handler protection, criminal apprehension, building searches and area searches. The K9 team is required to go through monthly training in the previous mentioned areas.
The dogs' detection ability enables the handler to conduct thorough and complete searches with minimal time and personnel as well as increasing safety to officers.
The main value of the K9 Unit lies in the mere presence on the street. The psychological and deterring effect cannot be measured. This helps assist the Searcy County Sheriff's Office with its primary function of preserving life and property.