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Deputy Johnny Lemen / K9 Yari

Deputy Johnny Lemen began his career with the Clark County Sheriffs Office in February 2001.  Over the years Deputy Lemen has been assigned to the Jail Division, Moorefield Township Uniform Patrol Division, Bethel Township Uniform Patrol Division, and Criminal Investigations Division K9 Handler.

Deputy Lemen has been a Clark County Resident most of his life and attended Springfield North High School, Clark State Community College, Sinclair Community College, and Florida Metropolitan University, studying Criminal Justice.   Deputy Lemen and his family are residents of Clark County.

Deputy Lemen has received many awards over the years.  Deputy Lemen has several Meritorious Awards, Perfect Attendance Award, and the Highest Award a Deputy can receive "The Sheriffs Award".  In 2007 Deputy Lemen was recognized by the Safe Community Coalition for outstanding work in OVI arrest.  In 2012 Deputy Lemen was awarded one of the states Top Cop Award from MADD for outstanding apprehension rate and arrest in OVI Convictions.  In this same Year he was Awarded "Deputy Johnny Lemen Day." By Bethel Township Trustees for his outstanding service to the community and work he does.  

In May of 2013 Deputy Lemen went through a selection process and was selected to be the Canine Handler for the Clark County Sheriffs Office.

Deputy Johnny Lemen and K9 Yari came together as a team in May of 2013.  K9 Yari, a 3yr old Belgian Malinois was imported from Holland by Vohne Liche Kennels ( Alpha Dogs) and is a Titled PH1-PH2 Service Canine. Deputy Lemen and K9 Yari completed six weeks of intense training in Denver, Indiana and passed all National Certifications certifying them in Narcotics Detection, Patrol Work, Article Searches, Tracking, and Handler Protection. They then returned to Ohio and passed the OPOTA Certification process to certify them as a team.  Deputy Lemen and K9 Yari continue their training weekly and attend seminars to stay up to date on all of the current trends in the Canine Field. 

Deputy Lemen and K9 Yari have quickly shown they are an outstanding team.  They have twenty seven suspect apprehensions and over 1 million so far in drug money taken off the streets in a short two years. They assist with school searches, perform demonstrations, and are on call 24hr a day / 7 days a week. 

Deputy Lemen and K9 Yari competed in the 2014 Ohio Police and Fire Olympics and brought home a Gold Medal in Vehicle Narcotic Searches, a Silver Medal in Building / Locker Narcotic Searches, a Bronze Medal in Article Searches, and a Bronze Medal in Open Area Searches. 

In 2015 Deputy Lemen and K9 Yari competed in the Ohio Top Dog Competition and received a 4th place Medal.

Deputy Lemen and K9 Yari have been awarded a commendation from the Ohio Senate after being recognized for the Outstanding work they do as a team.

Deputy Lemen and K9 Yari are certified by the State of Ohio, the State of Indiana, Vohne Liche Kennels, American Working Dogs, and National Association of Professional Canine Handlers. 

In their spare time together K9 Yari enjoys spending time at home with his family.