The Yakima County Sheriff's Office has announced the newest K-9 partnership, Deputy Nick Ward and K-9 Zuza.  Officials say Deputy Ward and K-9 Zuza have successfully completed over 400 hours of K-9 specific training with the Spokane Police Department.  Their training centered around criminal apprehension and tracking.   Deputy Ward and K-9 Zuza were certified per Washington Administrative Code 139-05-915 and also certified through Washington State Police Canine Association (W.S.P.C.A.).

County Sheriff's officials say Deputy Ward and K-9 Zuza are looking forward to getting back to work and making a positive impact in the community.