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Versailles ISP gets new K-9
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 9:55 PM

Indiana State Police Versailles District recently acquired a new K-9, whose training was accomplished with the help of Lawrenceburg K-9 Officer Jacob Jump, according to an ISP press release.

ISP Senior Trooper Chris Richey and his new partner Rayner completed three months of training in Indianapolis Jan. 15. Rayner is a 20-month-old, dual-purpose German Shepherd trained in detecting the odors of marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, and crack cocaine. He is also trained in tracking, area searches, building searches, and evidence searches as well as handler protection.

For that last several years ISP K-9 handlers have been naming their partners in memory of fallen Indiana troopers. Richey approached Rheadawn Rayner-Metz of Greensburg, the widow of ISP Trooper William R. Rayner about naming his new partner after Rayner. Rayner, of the Versailles ISP District was killed in the line of duty Dec. 18, 1966. Mrs. Metz and her family were honored and welcomed the idea.

Richey, a 12-year ISP veteran, has been involved in ISP’s K-9 program for nearly seven years. His first partner,Heiko retired last fall after working with Richey for six years.

According to Richey, Rayner was obtained through grants and donations from Honda of Indiana, the Dearborn County Regional Foundation, Dearborn County CASA, Ripley County Local Coordinating Council, and the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office. No taxpayer dollars were spent on Rayner.

In fact, since the inception of ISP’s K-9 program, no taxpayer dollars have been spent on any part of the K-9 program. Grants and donations cover the cost of the dogs, food, veterinary care, training, and kennels. It is because of the generosity of these organizations and citizens the Indiana State Police K-9 program has been so successful.

In addition to the ISP K-9 training officers, Richey also wanted to express his appreciation to Jump who provided a great deal of Rayner’s training in narcotics detection.

Over the years the Indiana State Police K-9 program has been directly responsible for the recovery of thousands of pounds of drugs, the apprehension of hundreds of criminal suspects, the location of numerous items of evidence in crimes, and the location and recovery of lost children and adults alike, said the ISP release.

Last Updated on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 11:10 PM