The Clinton County K-9 Unit
The Clinton County Sheriff's Office acquired K-9 Hunter from North Iowa K-9 July of 2016. Deputy Brandon VanBlaricome was teamed up with K-9 Hunter, a Belgian Malinois. K-9 Hunter and Deputy VanBlaricome are certified in tracking, narcotics detection and apprehension.
The deputy handler and their K-9 partner were trained by Master Trainer Paul Samuelson of North Iowa K-9 located in Humboldt, IA. The purchase price of the dog and the training required for Hunter and Deputy VanBlaricome was $12,500. This cost was covered totally by grant funding.
Hunter began his first patrol shift on July 30th