Audrain Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit
In March of 2017 the Sheriff’s Office, with tireless work by Corporal Chism, began the planning of a pilot K9 Program, and in December 2017 the K9 was selected. I would like to introduce the handler, Corporal Derek Chism and his new partner, K9 “Chal”.
“Chal” is a German Shepherd Dog born in the Czech Republic, and is a great asset to the citizens in Audrain County. Corporal Chism and “Chal” are trained in tracking, narcotic detection and apprehension. In early March, 2018 the pair became certified and road ready. At the time of his entry to the United States, the K9’s name was “Evans”, but it’s somewhat common to rename police K9s. We decided to rename the dog “Chal”, to honor Audrain County Sheriff Chalmus Blum, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1924 in Mexico. The decision was made after speaking with a family members of Sheriff Blum who still live in the area. They felt the gesture would be an appropriate honor.
The Audrain County Sheriff’s Office is not new to having a K9 Program, this being the 3rd in the past 40 years. A K9 Program is a “big responsibility” and a long-term investment, and not one that I jumped into blindly. After some consideration and being observant of the number of times we could have used a K9, in August of 2017, I opted to go out a limb and revive the program. It took this long to make final preparations. I have made it no secret that I believe in pro-active drug enforcement, as I’ve found in my career that drugs can somehow be directly related to many other crimes. My advice: if you’re a drug dealer, drug user or someone who would run from law enforcement, your safest bet is to do it somewhere other than Audrain County.
Sheriff Matt Oller
For demonstrations or information about the K9 Unit please call Corporal Derek Chism at (573) 473-5801.