K-9 ‘Jett’ reports for duty

Le Sueur County Deputy Joe Kern is pictured with the county’s newest K9, “Jett”. (Submitted Photo)

Le Sueur County has a furry, four-legged crime fighter.

The county’s newest K-9, “Jett”, started work on November 20.

The county secured Jett, a purebred German Shepherd, last autumn when he was around nine-weeks-old. Jett was bred locally from Kozie Shepherds in southern Minnesota and attended his K9 academy with Le Sueur County Deputy Joe Kern at Performance Kennels in Buffalo. Nationally Certified K9 Trainer, Steve Pearson, was responsible for training Jett.

Jett is nationally certified by the National Police Canine Association (NPCA). He is certified in the detection of narcotics in over five odors, which include, but not limited to, methamphetamine, crack/cocaine, heroin and marijuana. 

Sheriff Brett Mason explained during certification the narcotics are hidden in various vehicles and buildings in which the Handler and K9 need to find and properly identify five sources of odor in less than ten minutes.

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