• 54°

Passion, dedication make Scott Rouse strong K-9 officer

Scott Rouse has always had a passion for law enforcement. He knew that one day he would make a career serving his community as a police officer with the Selma Police Department. Now, a K-9 Unit officer, Rouse said he enjoys every moment he gets to spend with his partner, two-year-old Dutch Sheppard K-9 officer Arak.

“I was patrol first, and now I have been a K-9 officer for a year and a half,” he said. “I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love it.”

After he spent some time serving in the National Guard, Rouse’s career in law enforcement started right here in his hometown of Selma. He worked for the Sheriff’s Department for six months and then he came back.

Rouse is married with two children, and said Arak and fit in well with his family and other dogs.

“He goes home with me every day and he plays with my wife and kids,” he said. “He’s like another family member.”

When he’s not working, Rouse enjoys family time and working at home with his K-9 training business where he trains police dogs. Rouse said, much like law enforcement, his business is a passion of his.

The community’s safety and will to be better is of great importance to Rouse and he said he hopes to one day see it like it once was.

“I just want the community safe and to come back like it was when I grew up here,” he said. “I want it back like it was 10 years ago.”