Sheriff Mike Tubbs on Wednesday introduced Kullo, the new K-9 Unit for the Sheriff’s Department in a ceremony at the Sheriff's Office on S. Franklin.

Kullo, a two-year-old German Shepherd originally from the Netherlands, was accompanied by his handler, Deputy Daniel Jones. Jones, a two year veteran of the Sheriff's Office recently returned from Little Rock, AR, where he and Kullo completed their official training together.

Sheriff Tubbs said that this is the first time in over 12 years that the Sheriff's Office has had a K-9, and that Kullo's acquisition was paid for by Liberty Healthcare Systems in Bastrop. Liberty is a psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents located in Bastrop.

Alan Miller, Administrator for the Bastrop Liberty Healthcare Systems facility, spoke at the ceremony about the donation of funding to acquire Kullo.

"This is an investment in the lives of people." Miller said.

Tubbs said that Jones and Kullo were still in a training period, but that the duo had already assisted Sheriff's deputies in narcotic's detection and tracking. Also assisting with Kullo's care and kennel construction were Martin Marietta Aggregates, Bastrop Feed and Seed, Melton Veterinary Hospital and the Bastrop-Morehouse Chamber of Commerce.