Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Adds Two ‘Really Cute’ Deputies To Their Team

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puppies donated donated to the Jimmy Ryce Foundation by JetBlue Airlines

Sheriff Wayne Ivey is extremely excited to announce that the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit has received two new bloodhound puppies from the Jimmy Ryce Foundation who will serve our community in searching for missing children, seniors with Alzheimer’s/Dementia, or suspect’s attempting to avoid arrest. (Image by BCSO)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – I am extremely excited to announce that the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit has received two new bloodhound puppies from the Jimmy Ryce Foundation who will serve our community in searching for missing children, seniors with Alzheimer’s/Dementia, or suspect’s attempting to avoid arrest.

The Jimmy Ryce Foundation was started in 1996 as a non-profit organization by Don and Claudine Ryce to aid in the rescue of missing or abducted children. The organization was started after their son, Jimmy, had been abducted and murdered the previous year.

It was their belief, that Jimmy may have been found sooner if police would have had immediate access to bloodhounds. Since starting the organization, the foundation has donated more than 400 certified bloodhounds to Law Enforcement Agencies that have in turn saved hundreds of missing children and adults.

In order to help pay for the cost of providing these dogs, the Foundation receives donations from many generous individuals and corporate sponsors.

The two puppies recently donated to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office were donated to the Jimmy Ryce Foundation by JetBlue Airlines who are proud partners in helping protect communities across the nation.

As a show of appreciation, our two newest team members are being named “Jet” and “Blue” to express our gratitude to JetBlue and the Jimmy Ryce Foundation.

As a show of appreciation, our two newest team members are being named “Jet” and “Blue” to express our gratitude to JetBlue and the Jimmy Ryce Foundation. (Image by BCSO)

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Jet and Blue are 10 weeks old and will be assigned to two of our experienced handlers, Deputy Michael Nettles and Deputy Tyler Turner.

Bloodhounds, unlike our patrol dogs, require up to a year of training and must start at a young age. We look forward to watching these two new additions to our family grow and mature into fully trained tracking dogs helping to protect our most precious of citizens our children and our seniors.

Please join me in welcoming the two newest members of our BCSO family and also in thanking the Jimmy Ryce Foundation and JetBlue Airlines for this very generous donation and their commitment in helping protect our citizens!!

– Sheriff Wayne Ivey

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