Deputy James Lansing began his law enforcement career in June 1995 as a part-time patrolman with the Columbia Police Department. In December 1996 he also began working part-time with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. Lansing has also worked for the Valmeyer Police Department and was a Deputy Coroner for three years. In September 1998 Lansing became full-time with the Sheriff’s Department.
In early July 2005 he met his current partner K-9 Sari, a three-year-old female German Shepherd, born October 9, 2002, and imported from Budapest, Hungary. K-9 Sari arrived in Elkhart, Indiana at The Rudy Drexler School for Dogs on April 5, 2005. After undergoing a thorough three-month training in narcotics, tracking, handler protection and obedience by dog trainer Rudy Drexler she met her handler, Lansing. Sari and Lansing went through an extensive three-week training period earning K-9 team certification on July 29, 2005.
Since becoming the newest officer of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Sari has assisted in several vehicle searches detecting narcotics. She has also participated in numerous tracks leading to arrests. K-9 Sari is very popular with the county residents of all ages primarily due to her even temperament. She has performed several demonstrations for schools, scout troops and other organizations. Lansing and Sari are proud to be members of the East-West K-9 Group.