Published on March 17th, 2022 | by Oxford Police Department


Oxford Police Department Adds New K9 to Force

The Oxford Police Department announces the newest four-legged member of the police department, K9  Jocko. Jocko is a one-year-old black Labrador Retriever from Little Rock K9 Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He received several months of training from Little Rock K9 Academy before he and his handler, K9 Officer Brandon Byrd, spent two weeks of K9 handler training together. Jocko is trained in narcotics detection, tracking, and article searches. 

Jocko comes at no cost to the tax payers of Oxford. Businessman, Johnny Morgan, donated the money to the Oxford Police Department to be used towards a special project. Chief Jeff McCutchen ultimately went with a new K9 for the department. 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. 

“Mr. Morgan went above and beyond for the Oxford Police Department,” said Chief 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.”  

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

(L-R) Deputy Chief Sheridan Maiden, Johnny Morgan, K9 Officer Brandon Byrd, K9 Jocko, Chief Jeff McCutchen. Credit: OPD.
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The Oxford Police Department is housed 715 Molly Barr Road. The department has more than 70 full-time officers and staff and provides a wide range of protection and enforcement services. The Police Department has a community-oriented policing philosophy and provides around-the-clock patrols. Other services include crime prevention programs, such as Neighborhood Watch and D.A.R.E., as well as specialized units including Mounted Patrol, K-9 Unit, DUI Enforcement and the City Dispatch. Crime Reports provided to The Local Voice come directly from the Oxford Police Department.

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