The unit includes the only Explosive detection K-9 in the East Arkansas region. Deputy Rex is is a 3-1/2 year old Belgian Malinois, a breed that is intelligent and enjoys having a daily job to do. Rex is handled by Deputy Curry, who has been with the department for 2-1/2 years.
Deputy Curry and Deputy Rex provide support for bomb threats, area clearing, and special event incident prevention. The work as a team in multiple jurisdictions covering a 250 mile radius from West Memphis.
The other K-9 team is a multi-specialty unit. Deputy Lion is a nine year old Belgian Mainois. Lion’s partner is Sergeant Darrell Prewitt. Sgt. Prewitt has worked for the Sheriff’s department for nine years and the two have been partners since February 2006.
Deputy Lion is a dual purpose K-9 trained in the detection of illegal drugs and apprehending suspects who have fled the scene of crimes. In the seven years serving the people of Crittenden County Sgt. Prewitt and Deputy Lion have seized a number of illegal drugs as well as assisting in the location of suspects who have fled on foot.
Since 2008, Sgt. Prewitt and Deputy Lion have participated in the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association K-9 Nationals and have place in the top 25.