Sheriff Grady Judd is proud to announce that on Thursday, March 8, 2007, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit graduated four K-9 teams from a 400-hour K-9 narcotics detection class that ended with an intense 13-hour day of evaluation.
The class consisted of 10 weeks of instruction in the detection of illegal narcotics as well as beginning tracking. Certification was designated after the teams demonstrated the ability of their dogs to recognize and alert to the odor of illegal narcotics, and the handlers to recognize these alerts in their dogs.
The searches consisted of inside and outside vehicles and buildings as well as open areas to the standards of the North American Police Work-dog Association (NAPWDA), a nationally recognized K-9 organization.
The following K-9 teams are now nationally recognized:
Sergeant Jim Bryan and K-9 Tommie
Deputy Russ Hilson and K-9 Moose
Deputy Kurt Walker and K-9 Moe
Deputy Bobby Boehmler and K-9 Falco
“These teams will be working to make the streets of our county safer,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “Our K-9 teams are a highly recognized crime fighting resource in our community, and one the PCSO is proud to provide.”
Along with the newly certified teams, Deputy Paul Leslie and K-9 Halo, Deputy Bobby Boehmler and K-9 Falco, and Deputy Steve Hearth and K-9 Britt were certified through the standards of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and NAPWDA in the areas of obedience, criminal apprehension, building, area and article searches, and tracking.
In addition to the PCSO teams, officers from the Mulberry Police Department and the Fort Meade Police Department were also certified. Those K-9 teams are:
Mulberry Police Officer Sara Movahedi and K-9 Cookie
Mulberry Police Officer Dave Davis and K-9 Silvo
Ft Meade Police Officer Bret Hermelbracht and K-9 Tito
Congratulations to all of the handlers and the canines on this accomplishment.