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Highland Alum Becomes First Female K-9 Officer For Stephenson County

 

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Stephenson County Sheriff Deputy Rachel Clay kneels next to K-9 Officer Ralf on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at Highland Community College in Freeport. Clay is the first female K-9 officer for the Stephenson County Sheriff's Department. [PHOTO PROVIDED BY HIGHLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE]

Since she was a young girl, Rachel Clay of Dakota wanted to become a first responder. Realizing the medical field was not her forte, she looked into the study of Criminal Justice while a student at Highland Community College.

A fall 2016 graduate of Highland, she furthered her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. She credits her education at Highland Community College with helping her take the path to becoming a law enforcement officer, ultimately becoming a K-9 officer as a deputy with the Stephenson C...



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