K9 Units Run Joint-County 'Live Scenario' Training

Gathering for Live Scenario Training
Gathering for Live Scenario Training
K9 Meg Works a Simulated Traffic Stop
K9 Meg Works a Simulated Traffic Stop
K9 Colt Works a Simulated Traffic Stop
K9 Colt Works a Simulated Traffic Stop
Charlie is Ready for Mock Search Warrant Exercise
Charlie is Ready for Mock Search Warrant Exercise

If you hear this at your driver’s side window, you have most likely been stopped by a Certified Narcotics Detection Team -- a law enforcement handler and K9 partner.

K9 units from two law enforcement agencies, met for training this week that put their four K9 partners ~ Charlie, Colt, Diana, and Meg ~ through their paces. Officer Jonathan Snoozy, Sheridan Police Department, explains the scenarios employed at multiple locations in Sheridan.:

Officer Snoozy, Colt’s handler, explains some of the challenges embedded in the drug detection training:

Corporal Karla Rogers, SPD, handler for Charlie, organized the training, utilizing a few volunteer drivers who agreed to be ‘pulled over’ for simulated consensual contacts, such as a suspicious vehicle report, and for routine traffic stops.

Sheridan Media was allowed to record stops at Kenrick Park and at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds. Here, Corporal Rogers makes a request to allow her dog to execute a ‘free air sniff’:

Next, Corporal Rogers simulated a traffic stop for speeding, which not include a request, she explained, “as it is not uncommon to deploy a K9 during a routine traffic stop.”:

Training concluded with a simulated warrant search for controlled substances inside a multi-level home with many intentional distractions, including Officer Rodney Swaney’s dogs who were kenneled in the garage.

It was a very long day of work for K9 Officer Meg and K9 Officer Diana, a 12-year-old German Shepherd, whose handlers traveled from Buffalo for the joint training exercise:

Corporal Rogers welcomes interested community volunteers for similar K9 training in 2019. Contact her at krogers@sheridanpolice.com.

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