Welcome to the team: Meet Columbia County’s new K-9 officers

Columbia County new K9s

PORTAGE, Wis. — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is adding two K-9 officers to its team.

K-9 Artus will be assigned to work with Deputy Derek Jesko. The pair will be assigned to patrol duties on day shift.

K9 Artus

Columbia Co. Sheriff’s Office

K-9 Jax will work with Deputy Travis Lange. They’ll be responsible for patrol duties on the night shift.

K9 Jax

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office

Both K-9 officers are certified in drug scent, tracking, patrol and article searches, said Columbia County Sheriff Roger Brandner.

Deputy Jesko and Deputy Lange were certified in K-9 Handler Training this past weekend, Brandner said.