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The Newport News Sheriff’s Office has two new K9 teams.

Deputy Cammel and Deputy Grant-Oliver completed six weeks of basic training in narcotics detection with their dogs, Shiva and Jaxon, on May 10.  They trained at Ventosa Kennel in North Carolina and will be working in the jail.

Cammel and Grant-Oliver were among several deputies who applied to be K9 handlers.  The interview panel – Chief Deputy Col. Whitfield, Asst. Chief Deputy Lt. Col. Hayes, and K9 handler Cpl. Blyth — made the final selection.   

Professional Standards Bureau Chief Major Daniels and Assistant Chief Deputy Lt. Col. Hayes attended graduation to say well done.

Cammel joined the NNSO in February 2023 and will work with Shiva, a female Belgian Malinois. Grant-Oliver was hired in September 2022 and is partnered with Jaxon, a male Belgian Malinois. 

The dogs were born in January 2023.  

These K9 teams will do follow-up certification with the Virginia Work Dog Association and undergo required monthly training, according to Major Daniels.