K-9 Units

Cumberland County K-9 Units
In August of 2001, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office received a donation from Giant Foods, Inc. for the purchase of the County's first explosives detection K-9.  Bill Castle, owner of Castle's K-9, Inc. purchased an eighteen month old female Belgian Malinois named Tera from Czechoslovakia.  In July 2001 Deputy Harold Weary Jr. was selected to be Tera's handler and partner.  Deputy Harold Weary and Tera completed an extensive six week training and certification course for explosives detection at Castle's K-9, Inc. in Mechanicsburg, Pa.  Deputy Harold Weary remained Tera's handler until May of 2005; at that time Deputy Valerie Weary agreed to continue Tera's service with the Sheriff's Office by completing explosives detection K-9 training and certification at Castle's K-9, Inc. in September of 2005.  Deputy Valerie Weary and K-9 Tera were partners until January 2008 when K-9 Tera passed away.

K-9 Zuza and Deputy V. Weary

K-9 Zuza and Deputy V. Weary
In response to increasing requests for a narcotics detection K-9, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office decided to add a narcotics detection and tracking certified K-9 to the team.  With a donation from Milk-Bone and K-9 Heroes, Zuza, a thirteen month old female Belgian Malinois from Slovakia was purchased to be Deputy Valerie Weary's new partner.  Deputy Valerie Weary and K-9 Zuza completed narcotics training and certification at Castle's K-9, Inc. on February 8, 2008 and also completed tracking certification in fall 2008.

K-9 Veolz and Deputy Hoover

K-9 Veolz and Deputy Hoover
Deputy Hoover has been serving Cumberland County, PA as a Deputy Sheriff for seven years.  He successfully graduated from the Sheriff’s Academy at Penn State in March of 2000.  He has been a K9 Explosive Detection Handler for over three years. K9 Voelz is originally from the country of Hungary and was trained in Germany.  Voelz and his handler, Deputy Hoover have successfully graduated from Explosive Detection School, which entailed a six-week joint training endeavor.  K9 Voelz is named for Staff Sergeant Kimberly Voelz, United States Army, and a Cumberland County native, who was killed in action in Iraq, two years ago defusing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).  K9 Voelz and his handler attend monthly sustainment training and an annual certification for explosive detection here in Cumberland County.
Deputy Hoover and K9 Voelz support the US Army War College, a nineteen county terrorism task force within Pennsylvania and assist local police agencies with explosive detection support.  Missions have included support for the United States Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Army Chief of Staff, and other dignitaries, both foreign and domestic.