WATERTOWN, NY — Early this morning, dog handlers from four law enforcement agencies participated in a simultaneous search of the entire Jefferson County Correctional Facility. Eight narcotic detection K9s from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Watertown City Police and Fort Drum 8th Military Working Dog Detachment searched all 6 housing units, classrooms, booking/intake and all common areas.
The detail had been scheduled as a proactive attempt to identify and remove any contraband that may have found its way into the facility.
Jefferson County Correction Officers were paired with each K9 team to assist with logistics and communication. The search was completed within an hour with no disruption to daily activities or visits.
Sheriff Colleen M. O’Neill reports that no narcotics or contraband were found.
She thanks all who were involved, noting that the cooperation between the law enforcement agencies, including Fort Drum is exceptional and appreciated. “This is the first time a thorough search with this many dogs has been conducted. Jefferson County is lucky to have these professional agencies willing to work together toward a common goal. I’m proud of the work our correctional staff does every day to keep our facility secure.”
From JCSO – Deputies Jeff Froelich and “Abel”, Shawn Ryan and “Mike”
From NYSP – Troopers Eric Knapp and “Scotty”, Heidi Lyndaker and “Ram”
From WPD – Officers Mike Maney and “Nico”, Wayne McConnell and “Ricky”
From Fort Drum – Sgt. Alex Ramos and “Mia”, PFC Joseph Ramos and “Fox”