Multi-department K-9 training enhances capabilities, relations
By Senior Airman Phillip Houk, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 18, 2013
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Front Range Explosive Detection K-9 group and 460th Security Forces Squadron military working dog teams ran practice scenarios April 10 at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo.
The training took place on the medical campus as part of a collaboration with the CU-Denver Campus Police Department.
The 460th SFS, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Denver Sheriff Department, campus police and U.S. Marshals Service members organized to enhance the capabilities of military working dogs protecting the base and local community.
"We each bring something to the table. We each have access to different venues or different places to train, and we each have different connections which allows us to do different training," said Deputy J.J. Smith, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office explosive detection K-9 handler. "If the dog gets familiar with something too often, it becomes a game; and if he knows where (a training device) is each time, in essence, he is just going through the motions."
Multi-department training enhances not only the K-9 teams' skills, but also the relationships amongst the law enforcement departments and their members.
"This training is important to Aurora because it builds a relationship with the community," said Tech. Sgt. Justin Baker, 460th SFS kennel master. "This exposure with the general public lets them know that the resources are there, if needed, to protect the community."