Tipton County Sheriff’s Department welcomes new K-9 officer, Nelson

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Nelson/Photo courtesy Tipton County Sheriff's Department

TIPTON COUNTY, Ind. – The Tipton County Sheriff’s Department just welcomed a new officer to its force.

Nelson, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, started with the department on Aug. 8, 2016. He’s from the Netherlands and was raised a KNPV dog at Van Kamphuis Kennels. He finished his training at Von Liche Kennels in Denver, Ind.

His partner and handler is Tipton County Sheriff’s Deputy William Cline. They started working together in July and completed a five-week training program at the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department.

Nelson is trained in tracking and narcotics detection. When he’s not on duty, he goes home with Cline.

On his first shift, Nelson alerted Cline to the presence of drugs while searching a vehicle. Deputies found a substance that tested positive for narcotics; the owner of the vehicle said the substance was a chemical used to create “spice.” Police arrested Caleb D. Slaughter, 20, Kokomo, on preliminary charges of possession of a synthetic drug or synthetic drug lookalike substance with a prior conviction and maintaining a common nuisance.

According to the department, Tipton County taxpayers didn’t pay a cent to bring Nelson to the force. Donations from several different organizations were used to purchase him: Monsanto of Windfall, Sam’s Club Inc. of Kokomo, Anytime Fitness of Tipton, Integrity of Tipton, the Tipton County Health Department and Lisa Stocks-Bear Century 21 Scheetz.