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YCSO Deputy named K9 Officer of the Year


YAVAPAI COUNTY – YCSO K9 Deputy Jarrod Winfrey has been honored with the 2016 K9 Officer of the Year recognition from the Arizona Narcotics Officers Association.

Deputy Winfrey’s supervisors commented that he is a valuable and productive member of the Partner Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) task force and YCSO K-9 Team. His prior narcotics detective experience, coupled with his work ethic and motivation, has made him a highly valued and productive K-9 and PANT team member. Winfrey is always willing to assist whenever needed and routinely shares knowledge and expertise with new and veteran deputies and PANT detectives. Winfrey is active in teaching at the Northern Arizona Training Academy (NARTA), as well as doing educational presentations on drug trends and use in and around Yavapai County.

A significant event in Deputy Winfrey’s K9 tenure occurred while conducting a traffic stop in October of 2015 on I-40. This contact resulted in the seizure of several pounds of Heroin and Cocaine as well as 14 pounds of pure powdered fentanyl.  This seizure was confirmed as one of the largest fentanyl seizure in the United States for the year 2015.

Deputy Winfrey’s hard work and effort have helped to make Yavapai County and Arizona a safer place. Deputy Winfrey also acknowledged the hard work and dependability of his trusted canine partner, ‘Gemma’, a German Shepherd.