The Piatt County Sheriff’s Office added Cru to its force in the summer of 2011. Cru is Dutch Sheppard purchased from a handler that works with the Illinois Department of Corrections. Cru, as well as his current handler, Deputy Sheriff Nick Perrine, are both certified by the Illinois State Police. Cru’s capabilities include searching homes and vehicles for illegal substances, tracking of missing persons and tracking of suspects who have fled from law enforcement.
Cru is an active police K-9. PLEASE, if you see Cru out in the community, whether on foot with his handler or in the police cruiser, DO NOT approach without the permission of his handler.
A special thanks is given to SK Fence and the Monticello Animal Hospital for their generous donations of materials used for housing Cru and for veterinary and food support.