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K-9 Officer Osman ("Ozzie") Steele

He works for food
But he has basic needs too.

Read K-9 Ozzie's Biography here.

They call me "Ozzie".  I was named in honor of Delaware County Undersheriff Osman Steele who was killed in the line of duty on August 7, 1845. I was born in Czechoslovakia. I was bred for police work and I'm told I'm a natural. On July 12, 2013, my human partner, Deputy Sheriff John Demeo, traveled to Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania and selected me out of a line up so to speak. He chose me from the 10 German Shepherds there who were all eager to be put into service. I reported for duty at the Delaware County Sheriff's Office in Delhi, New York on July 15, 2013.

From August 5 - September 6, 2013, I and my human partner went to Syracuse to undergo an extensive narcotic dog detector school program sponsored by the Department of Police. While there, I was put through rigorous training which I accomplished with ease. After my training I was certified for narcotic detection and tracking.

I am a dual-purpose German Shepherd and meet the criteria in regards to drug detection and patrol duties. I am always on the ready to search for contraband wherever my service is needed and welcome the opportunity to help locate citizens who are lost or unaccounted for.

When I am not in the field, I like to guard the Office and make it a point to pay special attention to the biscuit jar maintained by the Road Patrol Lieutenant.

I am hopeful that another K-9 partner who specializes in bomb detection will be added to our K-9 division next year.

I am told that I was purchased from funds contributed by the good citizens of Delaware County and my basic needs are totally sponsored by them. I appreciate this opportunity to serve you and the faith you have placed in my ability. I endeavor to serve you faithfully. If you would care to contribute to our K-9 program, please make your checks payable to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office and mail them to 280 Phoebe Lane, Suite One, Delhi, New York 13753.

Thank you,

K-9 Officer Osman Steele

Details of the work that "Ozzie" has been involved in may be viewed below: