MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – As News 19 travels through northern Alabama spotlighting local law enforcement and their K9 units, this week’s segment features Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Drew Lane and the K9 “Saban”.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says K9 Lane’s deputy has been with them for 14 years! Throughout his career, Deputy Lane has worn many hats, including those of Field Training Officer, Honor Guard Team Member, and SWAT Team Member.
Deputy Lane has been assigned as K9 handler since 2018 and is still assigned to his original canine partner Saban, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois born in Hungary.
Saban was certified in his first trial by the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) in 2019 in Chattanooga, TN for criminal arrest and narcotics detection.
Deputy Lane says Saban loves chewing on his chew toys. He says he’s a hard worker – but he really likes to take naps on his bed!
At the 2020 USPCA Trials, Saban finished 3rd overall in PD1 (Police Dog 1) out of over 30 other dog teams. He even received a medal!
The sheriff’s office says Saban participated in countless search warrants. He also assisted his fellow officers in securing the scene and locating illegal narcotics.
In 2020, Deputy Lane and K-9 Saban were officially transferred to the School Resource Officer Unit of the Sheriff’s Office and are currently assigned to help protect and serve elementary school children and staff Riverton. Deputy Lane says Saban’s favorite thing is when the students come to visit the school.
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