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March 17, 2022

Oxford Police Welcomes New K9, Jocko, to the Force

Nicole McCardle

Photo credit is to OPD. (L-R) Deputy Chief Sheridan Maiden, Johnny Morgan, K9 Officer Brandon Byrd, K9 Jocko, Chief Jeff McCutchen

The Oxford Police Department welcomes their newest four-legged member of the police department, a one-year-old black Labrador Retriever, K9 Jocko.

Jocko is being trained in narcotics detection, tracking, and article searches. He has received several months of training from Little Rock K9 Academy and two weeks of training with his handler, K9 Officer Brandon Byrd.

The new K9 comes at no cost to the tax payers of Oxford due to a generous donation from Oxford businessman, Johnny Morgan. Morgan donated the money to the Oxford Police Department to be used towards a special project.

“Mr. Morgan went above and beyond for the Oxford Police Department,” said Chief Jeff McCutchen. “His generosity will help with the mission of OPD for years to come. We thank Mr. Morgan for his support of law enforcement and commitment to help us keep Oxford safe.”

Along with purchasing the canine, the donation also covered the cost of a new Dodge Durango, all the equipment inside the K9 patrol vehicle, the training costs associated in getting the handler trained, a DJI drone, and a handheld thermography camera.

The community will be able to meet Jocko at upcoming community events and demonstrations.

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