Tupelo PD hosts ‘Law Dog’ K 9 Seminar
TUPELO, MISS. (WCBI) – Police K 9 teams from across the state spent the week in Tupelo as part of intensive training.
The Law Dog K 9 seminar is organized by the Mississippi Law Enforcement Association or MLEOA.
Some teams complete their certification, while others keep their certification up to date. It is also an opportunity to participate in scenario-based training and gives K 9 drivers a chance to show off their skills during various competitions during the seminar.
This is the first time the Tupelo Police Department has hosted the event.
“These dogs are very useful, we use them as a tool, if we have a cruel fugitive who runs away, we can attract a K 9 team and use a dog to safely track down the criminal, dogs can smell what we can. “If they hide, dogs can protect the driver, we have a big drug crisis, these dogs can smell drugs and not go out on the streets,” said Corporal Dustin Tutor of Tupelo Police Department.
The training is free of charge for all MLEOA members who are currently assigned to the K 9 law enforcement team.
“K 9 training is usually a very expensive type of training, it’s a great tool, but it’s very expensive for departments, so we’re trying to do what we can to limit these costs,” said Senatobia Police Chief Richard Chandler. , who is also the executive treasurer of MLEOA.
By Thursday morning, all K 9 teams had been certified, leaving only the race for the fast and difficult dog.
K 9 officer Sean Jimmy is from Chokto Police Department and says the training he received will help him and his SOCO partner provide the best service to his community.
“You won’t believe what these dogs are, what we can find when they signal vehicles and other things, they’re just like another partner for us, our best friend, you can tell,” said Officer Jimmy.
Twenty-seven teams took part in the three-day seminar, which ended with an award ceremony.
The Top Dog Award went to Tupelo officer Ben Uhiren and his K 9, Conan. The full list of winners is pictured below.