The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department and the Eastern Police Canine Association are teaming up this week to hold a K-9 training seminar, which features numerous police agencies across Dutchess County. Our Michael Howard has the story.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Trainer Michael Burger is very familiar with a dog's bite. That’s because Burger is a judge, as well as a K-9 instructor, with the Eastern Police Canine Association, which is teaming up with the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department this week to hold a K-9 seminar throughout the town.
“Were going to be doing protection and apprehension work here,” said Poughkeepsie Officer Vanja Mikelic. “Which is the dogs being trained to apprehend fleeing suspects.”
More than 15 teams of police dogs and their handlers are participating in the five day event, which gives agencies an opportunity to improve the dog’s skills locally without having them to travel across the state.
“They’ve opened it up to handlers from all over the region to come in and get a certification through the organization, but also to challenge themselves through different scenarios,” said member of the Eastern Police Canine Association, Michael Burger.
Scenarios which include problem solving, explosive detection and protection.
“Most of the time when we utilize the dogs, it eventually gets to a court case where we have to prove what the dogs were doing or not doing,” said Mikelic. “And also to prove the credibility of the dogs' training and certification.”
Instances like last week’s robbery of the Walgreens on the Dutchess Turnpike.
“One of our K-9 units tracked the suspect and located him, as well as recovered some of the proceeds and a gun that was involved in the robbery.”
The seminar will last until Friday.