Apr 22, 2015 5:14 PM

Sheriff's adorable new crime hound Jasper presented with badge by students


ROLLINSFORD - The newest Deputy for the Strafford County Sheriff's Department is turning heads and getting lots of attention.

Jasper is 9-weeks-old, but he's already busy training with his partner Deputy Kris Kerkensen.

Kerkensen is a former Rollinsford officer, and after 14 years on the force, he saw his new partner as an opportunity to involve students at the Rollinsford Grade School where he also teaches the D.A.R.E. program.

The students voted to name the new Deputy 'Jasper,' and on Wednesday, they excitedly pinned his collar with an official badge.

Jasper and Kerkensen are training in scent tracking, skills that will be used to help find missing persons and suspects.

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