My name is Joshua Alsup and I have been a Deputy with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office for approximately four years. I am assigned to the patrol division and have been a member of the K-9 Unit for three and a half years.
K-9 Cooper is a four-year-old purebred German Shepherd from the Netherlands and is certified in Criminal Apprehension and Firearms Detection. K-9 Cooper became my partner in June 2020. Since then we have completed hundreds of hours of training. K-9 Cooper has assisted with locating various firearms and apprehending numerous suspects wanted for different crimes. He also found a missing adult who had become unconscious during a walk.
K-9 Cooper is a great asset to the Merced County Sheriff's Office. He has taught me patience, trust, and the meaning of hard work. We look forward to continuing to assist Merced County.