Last Thursday, as the intensive search for the person(s) who ambushed and murdered Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis entered its fifth week, the Kentucky State Police deployed "a different kind of K9" from an outside agency to help with the investigation. Master Trooper Norman Chaffins, spokesman for KSP's Elizabethtown post, explained that "different dogs have different search abilities."
This is so true, yet search dogs are often under-utilized by law enforcement because their abilities/training is not-understood. Perhaps this is why the KSP waited 5 weeks before deploying outside agency search dogs. It would have been more effective and valuable to use search dogs in the hours/days immediately following Officer Ellis' murder.
That said, I am pleased that KSP has publicly recognized the value of search dogs as unique, helpful investigative tools and is using search dogs to help bring Officer Ellis' killers to justice. Hopefully, the KSP will continue to use and more effectively deploy search dogs in other cases.