Meet Skamania County’s narcotics K9, Rocket. Rocket, a 2-year-old yellow Lab, is certified as a narcotics detection K-9, handled by Deputy Summer Scheyer. Deputy Scheyer and Rocket attended 200 hours of training, as required by state law to become a narcotics detection team.
Rocket was born in the Netherlands and imported to the United States for the sole purpose of being a working dog. Rocket was purchased from Patrick Beltz, owner and operator of Work Dogs International, in Banning, California. Rocket and Deputy Scheyer trained with four other K-9 teams, three from Vancouver Police Department and one from Battleground P.D. The training was held in Vancouver and taught by Vancouver Officer Jack Anderson and Clark County Deputy Brian Ellithorpe.
Deputy Scheyer and Rocket play a multi-faceted role within the Sheriff’s Office. Not only do they carry out normal law enforcement functions, Deputy Scheyer and Rocket also work with local school districts, Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force, Washington State Patrol, and neighboring law enforcement agencies to assist in narcotics detection.