ELLSWORTH – The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department has a new staff member. This officer specializes in using her strong sense of smell.
Meet Tosca – she may be a dog, but she has a very important role in the department.
“I think we needed it for a long time and we now have one,” said Sheriff Scott Kane, “We have an officer going to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy with the dog.
“I know what she’s thinking or what she’s going to do,” said Travis Frost, Tosca’s handler, “So you do look at it more as a partnership.”
Tosca will help find drugs and people who are missing.
“This is just really another officer for us,” said Kane, “But this one has four legs.
Not only is she the first K9 on the team, but she’s also the first female officer here at the office.
“The first time we saw her, we fell in love with her personality,” said Kane, “When I saw her work, when they put her through some paces, I said, that’s exactly what we are looking for.”
She’s not the biggest K9 out there.
“She may look small, but she’s ready to get in the game at anytime,” said Kane.
Tosca will be working with Deputy Frost, Their partnership lasts through the work day because Tosca goes home with him at night.
“You’re attached to the dog, but you have to have the mind frame that it is a working dog,” said Frost.
Both of them will be working hard in the next few months.
“They bonded as if he had her as a puppy,” said Kane