Date: September 14, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
K-9 Graduation and Demonstration

News media representatives are invited to attend the K-9 patrol graduation and demonstration that has been set for 10 a.m. on Friday, September 15, 2000 at the Burnham-McCall Training Center, located off Old Bartow/Winter Haven Road, near Bartow. 

Scheduled to graduate are: 

PCSO D/S Donnie Houser with K-9 Garos 
PCSO D/S Scott Billo with K-9 Fuelis 
Bartow Police Department Officer Greg Rhoden with K-9 Justice 
Lake Wales Police Department Officer Michael Yodonis with K-9 Cajin 
Zephyrhills Police Department Officer Robert Thell with K-9 Uldo 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit has 19 teams; each team consisting of a deputy sheriff and one canine. Canines are acquired through certified importers and the team receives a minimum of 400 hours of diverse training prior to being assigned to a patrol function. Canine teams receive an additional 400 hours of narcotics or explosive training to become dual certified and utilized in job specific assignments.

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Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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