BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - Clermont County has a new, four-legged member of its police force.
Mox is a black, 2-year-old German Shepherd from Holland. He works with Sheriff's Deputy Adam Bailey.
"He is one of the most visible tools we have. He is very good at what he does," said Deputy Bailey, adding that Mox is invaluable when searching for criminals, missing individuals, or sniffing out illegal drugs.
"This dog is incredible," Bailey added. "I am privileged to have him as my partner. I know that Mox will fight to his death to protect me in my law enforcement duties."
This is the second police dog that Deputy Bailey has worked with during his 13-year career with the Clermont County Sheriff's Office.
"I love working with dogs," he said. "This is the best job ever; I love it."
Deputy Bailey said that he hopes to have a four-legged partner throughout his career.
Residents are reminded to not pet the dog if you see him on patrol.
"These are working dogs, and should not be viewed as a pet," said Bailey. "I have two children at home and they understand that when Mox is with me, they don't come up on him suddenly. Mox has a job to do; he is always on alert to protect me and the community."
Deputy Bailey said that after a two-month intensive training program with Mox, the duo will build on their teamwork during weekly four-hour sessions.
To watch an interview with Deputy Bailey about Mox, visit the website www.clermontcountyohio.gov/video06032011mox.aspx.