Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office completes K9 training event

FRESHWATER COUNTY – The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) recently hosted their third annual K9 Certification and Training event.

“This year we hosted K9 law enforcement teams from Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana, and I understand this event is growing each year with teams from several other surrounding states already scheduled to attend. at next year’s event,” the deputy spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said. says Jason Mower.

Mower went on to say that each of his three K9 teams in the Sheriff’s Office must not only complete certification training each year, but also participate in various ongoing training throughout the year.

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“These animals have become very important partners for us in safely and efficiently carrying out a number of different missions that are given to us every day as law enforcement officers,” said Mower. .

Sheriff’s Office K9 Team Leader and Training Coordinator Sgt. Derek Morrell said, “Our annual certification training is a comprehensive 60-hour week-long event that includes classroom training, written exams, field exercises and scenario-based activities.

Morrell said this year’s program included agency standards, policies and best practices, a review of relevant case law from around the country related to the use of force and the use of security teams. K9 law enforcement, and a number of field exercises and scenario training focused on tracking and recovering humans, locating items, apprehending fugitives, sniffing in the open air, roadside checks and narcotics investigations.

“For the past three years, we have been very fortunate and grateful to have K9 Working Dogs International, LLC, actually headquartered in Sullivan, Ohio, host this event right here in Sweetwater County,” said added Morrell.

Mower added that hosting the event actually saves the county money, instead of sending their K9 teams to Kansas or Ohio for their required annual certification training.

Mower and Morrell said this event would not be possible without the support of the community.

Morrell said, “In addition to K9 Working Dogs, we would also like to thank the Holiday Inn of Rock Springs and the Baymont by Wyndham of Rock Springs for providing K9-friendly hotel rooms, and Western Wyoming Beverages, Sweetwater County Parks and Recreation, the Sweetwater County Events Complex, High Country Realty, Blaine Tate with Brokerage Southwest and 307 Auto, each for providing property, buildings, vehicles and supplies to make this unique event and professional quality training possible .

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