For Immediate Release
March 30, 2020 (Savannah, GA): Sheriff John T. Wilcher deputizes young recruit to work at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Lexi receives her badge for official duty to provide support when it is needed the most. The new CCSO Deputy is a 4 month old, female Labrador Retriever. She was donated by the Talki Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that raises awareness and funding for service animals and their handlers.
Deputy Lexi will be working at the Sheriff’s Office providing emotional support and companionship for officers and staff. “Law enforcement is a high-pressure job. We are always looking for ways to support each other, and often just the simple act of petting a dog can contribute to the well-being of a person,” says Sheriff John Wilcher.
Deputy Lexi’s handler and trainer is Jennifer Messer, Program Director of Operation New Hope. “We are excited to have Deputy Lexi as part of our team. She will bring many smiles when they’re needed the most,” says Jennifer Messer. Operation New Hope is a Chatham County Detention Center inmate program that selects dogs from Chatham County Animal Services, Renegade Paws Rescue, and other dog rescue organizations to lower the recidivism rate at the jail. The inmates learn to train and care for dogs during a 4-week cycle. Once the dogs graduate, an adoption event is held to place the dogs into their forever homes.
The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office has a long history of supporting working K9s, they are excited about adding Deputy Lexi to create an even more supportive environment for their organization.