They call me "Ozzie". I was named in honor of Delaware County
Undersheriff Osman Steele who was killed in the line of duty on
August 7, 1845. I was born in Czechoslovakia. I was bred for police
work and I'm told I'm a natural. On July 12, 2013, my human partner,
Major John Demeo, traveled to Shallow Creek Kennels in
Sharpsville, Pennsylvania and selected me out of a line up so to
speak. He chose me from the 10 German Shepherds there who were all
eager to be put into service. I reported for duty at the Delaware
County Sheriff's Office in Delhi, New York on July 15, 2013.
From August 5 - September 6, 2013, I and my human partner went to
Syracuse to undergo an extensive narcotic dog detector school
program sponsored by the Department of Police. While there, I was
put through rigorous training which I accomplished with ease. After
my training I was certified for narcotic detection and tracking.
I am a dual-purpose German Shepherd and meet the criteria in regards
to drug detection and patrol duties. I am always on the ready to
search for contraband wherever my service is needed and welcome the
opportunity to help locate citizens who are lost or unaccounted for.
When I am not in the field, I like to guard the Office and make it a
point to pay special attention to the biscuit jar.
Over the past several years, I have assisted the Sheriff's office
with many investigations that have led to multiple arrests. I
am honored to help protect and serve the citizens of Delaware
County. I am hopeful that another K-9 partner who specializes
in bomb detection will be added to our K-9 division in the future.
I am told that I was purchased from funds contributed by the good
citizens of Delaware County and my basic needs are totally sponsored
by them. I appreciate this opportunity to serve you and the faith
you have placed in my ability. I endeavor to serve you faithfully.
If you would care to contribute to our K-9 program, please make your
checks payable to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office and mail them
to 280 Phoebe Lane, Suite One, Delhi, New York 13753.
K-9 Officer Osman Steele