Deputy Luke Jacques was selected to be Duke's handler and, following three months of specialized patrol and tracking training for both Duke and Deputy Jacques, in July 2013, the K-9 team began service to Renville County.
Duke is trained in the following:
|Human Odor Tracking - Lost or Missing|
|Human Odor Tracking - Suspect|
The Sheriff's Office deploys Duke for a variety of events, such as:
- Safe School Searches
- Traffic Stop Narcotic Searches
- Service of Search Warrants
- Recovery of Evidence
- Community Education Demonstrations
- Narcotic Sweeps of our Jail Facility
- High-Risk Building Searches
- Searches for Lost/Missing Persons
- Searches for Suspects
Deputy Jacques' squad vehicle is specially equipped with a compartment for Duke to ride in. Deputy Jacques can remotely open Duke's door to release him if need be. In addition, the vehicle is equipped with safety equipment to prevent Duke from becoming too warm in the summer months.
Duke is with Deputy Jacques during all shifts and lives with Deputy Jacques and his family when they are not at work.