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St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith Announces the First Female K9 Handler for the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Blaise Smith and the deputies of the SMPSO would like to welcomed their newest K9 handler, Danielle Wilson to their patrol. As far as the history of the SMPSO shows, she is also the first female K9 handler in the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Wilson will be teamed up with K9 Jace, a 5-year-old German Shepherd who is NNDDA (National Narcotics Detector Dog Association) certified in Narcotics Detection. Jase will soon be certified as a dual purpose dog which will add to his capabilities.

Deputy Danielle Wilson was pursuing her degree in college to become a lawyer when she was encouraged by a friend to apply for a job in law enforcement. She was hired as a dispatcher and eventually made her way to become a Communications Shift Supervisor.

She joined 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 the K9 section.

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

“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.”

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