Caro­line Sher­iff’s Of­fice in­tro­duces new bloodhound

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DEN­TON — Caro­line County Sher­iff Randy Bounds in­tro­duced the new­est mem­ber of the sher­iff’s of­fice to the Caro­line County Com­mis­sion­ers on March 28.

Po­lice bloodhound “Mat­tis” comes to the sher­iff’s of­fice from Ken­tucky, and was trained and cer­ti­fied on the East­ern Shore by J C Richard­son of Del­marva K9.

The pur­chase of Mat­tis was made pos­si­ble through a grant from the Ben Roeth­lis­berger Foun­da­tion, which also pro­vided fund­ing for his train­ing and gear for his han­dler. Ad­di­tion­ally, the Caro­line County Hu­mane So­ci­ety spon­sored the sher­iff’s of­fice in sup­port of the grant.

“We are very grate­ful to the Ben Roeth­lis­berger Foun­da­tion for mak­ing it pos­si­ble for us to pur­chase Mat­tis,” Bounds said. “There have been nu­mer­ous in­stances in the past when we have needed a bloodhound and none were read­ily avail­able. Min­utes of­ten mat­ter when try­ing to lo­cate a miss­ing child, vul­ner­a­ble adult, or in cap­tur­ing a dangerous crim­i­nal. Hence, we are ex­tremely pleased to wel­come Mat­tis to our ranks at the sher­iff’s of­fice.”

Mat­tis only 9 months old and he still is grow­ing. His han­dler is Dfc. Jake Rideout, who com­pleted the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion course with Mat­tis. Both Mat­tis and Rideout are part of a re­gional bloodhound team made up of bloodhound units from the Dorch­ester County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and the Mary­land State Po­lice.

Mat­tis and Rideout soon will ob­tain their fed­eral cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to be on the re­gional FBI Ev­i­dence Re­cov­ery Team. They will at­tend spe­cial­ized train­ing on an an­nual ba­sis at the FBI Head­quar­ters in Quan­tico, Va.

Rideout has been with the sher­iff’s of­fice since 2013 serv­ing in the Pa­trol Di­vi­sion. Prior to his employment with the sher­iff’s of­fice, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a vet­eran of two tours in Afghanistan. Rideout was se­lected as the han­dler for Mat­tis based in part on his strong work ethic, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and love of dogs.

Mat­tis al­ready has proven he has what it takes to track down crim­i­nals who flee from the po­lice. Mat­tis was cer­ti­fied Fri­day, March 17, and just two days later, he and Rideout re­sponded to the Tem­pleville area in Queen Anne’s County to aid law en­force­ment in track­ing down two in­di­vid­u­als who fled from a ve­hi­cle into a wooded area. Mat­tis con­ducted two sep­a­rate tracks that led po­lice to both sus­pects.

In ad­di­tion to search­ing for flee­ing sus­pects, Mat­tis will help lo­cate those in­di­vid­u­als who suf­fer from Alzheimer’s, de­men­tia or other di­min­ished ca­pac­i­ties. In ad­di­tion, the sher­iff’s of­fice an­tic­i­pates Mat­tis will be used to find lost chil­dren, hunters and dis­carded ev­i­dence.

Roeth­lis­berger is the twotime Su­per Bowl-win­ning quar­ter­back for the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Ben Roeth­lis­berger Foun­da­tion, visit big­ben7. com/the-ben-roeth­lis­berger-foun­da­tion.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Dfc. Jake Rideout presents the of­fice’s new bloodhound, Mat­tis, to Caro­line County Com­mis­sion­ers Larry Porter, Dan Franklin and Wil­bur Le­ven­good. Sher­iff Randy Bounds joined Rideout for the pre­sen­ta­tion.

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