After completing an intensive training, K-9 Deputies Cosmo and Kibo, as well as their handlers, Sgt. D. McEachin and Deputy D. Hall are ready to report for duty, protecting the citizens of Fulton County.
“Our newest K-9 Deputies are joining an elite K-9 unit here at the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office,” Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labat said. “They are trained in apprehension, narcotics detection, patrol, and tracking; all of which are critical to our mission here at the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office to keep citizens safe.”
Twenty-one-month-old Cosmo and two-year-old Kibo are both Belgian Malinoises from the Netherlands. They, along with their handlers, Hall and McEachin, completed a three-month training course at Alabama Canine. McEachin and Hall traveled to Alabama, where they trained with their K-9s on everything from basic obedience, to intense real-world scenarios.
“I am excited to work alongside a dog with specialized capabilities,” Hall said. “He will be a powerful resource to fight crime in the county and ensure our citizens feel safe.”
“I love knowing that Cosmo has my back 24/7,” McEachin said. “Any time I, or another deputy, is in danger, my partner will be close by my side.”
The new K-9 deputies join Lieutenant J. Underwood and K-9 Zack, Lt. C. Henry and K-9 KoJack, Sgt. C. Slay and K-9 Ian, and Sgt. B. Thomas and K-9 Diesel on the FCSO K-9 Unit.
McEachin has been with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office for five years, most recently serving in Field Operations. Hall joins the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office after serving as a K-9 officer at an area agency for five years.
Deputy Hall and Sgt. McEachin each took the oath on behalf of their K-9 deputies. All six of the FCSO K-9 deputies received new badges.