Caroline Sheriff’s Office introduces new bloodhound
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.
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.