(Rock Springs, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9s, just like people, must attend refresher courses and new training to stay current with their important duties and to remain certified.
The WHP drug detection K-9′s provide support to the Troopers and other law enforcement agencies during vehicle and building searches for illegal drugs. The K-9′s are able to detect the odors from controlled substances including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.
Recently, the Southwest Narcotics Interdiction Force (S.N.I.F.) conducted a joint training exercise with the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department by introducing the WHP K-9′s to watercraft and open water.
The moving surfaces, slippery floors, and new smells help the K-9′s overcome obstacles and remove unknowns from their environment. The more scenarios they become acclimated with, the more proficient they become.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol drug detecting K-9′s, Trooper’s and K-9 training and the K-9 equipment were purchased with a federal grant secured from HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area).
The eight WHP handlers and their drug detection K-9′s spend numerous hours training on a monthly basis. The K-9′s must also be recertified annually.
(The photos, provided by WHP, were taken near the Buckboard boat dock on Flaming Gorge Reservoir during the 8 hour training day.)