KDWPT LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION HOLDS K-9 RECERTIFICATION TRAINING
May 9, 2013
Four K-9 law enforcement teams recently took part in recertification training, an annual requirement of the unit
PRATT– The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Law Enforcement Division recently held its 11th annual K-9 recertification training, April 22-25 at Milford Reservoir, despite wintery conditions. This four-day training period is conducted each year to ensure that every dog and handler meets or exceeds current agency standards. For nearly 30 hours, each team partook in a variety exercises designed to mirror real-world scenarios and environments.
In order to successfully pass recertification training, each team must prove proficient in the following three areas:
K9s and handlers must be able to continually track for a required distance, picking up on multiple scent articles along the trail. In order to create a realistic setting, each team had to combat a variety of challenges including dead ends, surface changes, multiple turns, and cross tracks.
In order to qualify in detection, each team is required to quickly and efficiently locate hidden wildlife both indoors and outdoors. Wildlife used in this training included deer, turkey, pheasant, quail, dove, and various waterfowl. These animals were hidden in and around buildings, boats, vehicles, coolers and other various locations.
To certify in area searches, each team is required to conduct an area search of a field, picking up a variety of hidden objects along the way. Hidden items included guns, shell casings, spotlights, wallets, cell phones, knives, back packs, and other items containing a human scent.
Those in attendance were LT. Jason Sawyers and the following K-9 teams:
–K-9 “Meg” and handler Lance Hockett
–K-9 “Lucy” and handler Jeff Goeckler
–K-9 “Cocoa” and handler Jake Brooke
–K-9 “Libby” and handler Ben Womelsdorf