Sheriff’s office urges public to vote in K-9 contest

Havoc shows off his protective vest alongside his handler, Sgt. Tait Everett.

Tanya Craig
Havoc shows off his protective vest alongside his handler, Sgt. Tait Everett.

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office canine, Havoc, and his handler, Sgt. Tait Everett, have been selected among 29 other finalists nationwide for the Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Law Enforcement Giveaway.

The contest affords the winner a fully-outfitted, K-9-ready Chevrolet Tahoe for the sheriff’s office. To win, Everett and Havoc need votes from the public.

Each person may vote on Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. website once every 24 hours until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Okanogan County is approximately 5,315 square miles and is the largest county in the state. With four rotating patrol squads, there are four deputies and one sergeant to cover all that area per shift.

"Our patrol vehicles pack on the miles quickly and with an ever shrinking budget, the affordability of purchasing new vehicles for patrol proves difficult," Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said. "Our deputies and sergeants are always thinking outside the box to help the office.

"This is a great opportunity for the sheriff’s office and an excellent way to include the public," he said. "We always appreciate everyone’s support."

Havoc, a Belgian Malinois, joined the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office in 2015 and works sided by side with Everett, a 23 year veteran.

The dog is trained in narcotics detection, performs searches, and patrols. Havoc and Everett enjoy visiting area schools and nursing homes to educate the public on K-9 activities.

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