St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office hires first female K9 handler

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office hires first female K9 handler
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office has hired their first female K9 handler. (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)

ST. MARY PARISH (WAFB) - Sheriff Blaise Smith and the deputies from the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office are welcoming the newest K9 handler, Danielle Wilson.

Wilson is the first female K9n handler for the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Wilson will be working with Jace, a 5-year-old German Shepherd who is NNDDA (National Narcotics Detector Dog Association) certified in Narcotics Detection. Jace will soon be certified as a dual purpose dog which will add to his capabilities.

St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office has hired Danielle Wilson. She will the first female K9 handler for the sheriff's office.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office has hired Danielle Wilson. She will the first female K9 handler for the sheriff's office. (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)

Deputy Wilson started out as a dispatcher and eventually made her way to become a communications shift supervisor.

She came to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office with four years of experience in communications and was hired as a Patrol Deputy. After graduating from the St. Mary Parish Regional Training Academy, she is now a part of our K9 section.

Danielle Wilson is the first female K9 handler for the St. Mary Sheriff's Office.
Danielle Wilson is the first female K9 handler for the St. Mary Sheriff's Office. (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)

“I want to welcome Deputy Danielle Wilson and K9 Jace as our new K9 team here at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. Our K9 program has been very successful and this is just another welcomed addition to our continuing efforts to serve the citizens of St. Mary Parish,” said Sheriff Blaise Smith.

Sheriff Smith has expanded the K9 Section since taking the reins as Sheriff and is excited about Deputy Wilson and K9 Jace as a new K9 team on the road.

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