Vanderburgh County Sheriff Helps Turn Dogs into K9 Officers

Dogs help cops find suspects, but it takes some extensive training to get the title of K9 officer—training that will come from Vanderburgh County's Sheriff.

"One of the most rewarding things I ever did was getting my first K9. I don't know if I was ever happier than that time,” said Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding.

When it comes to K9's, Sheriff Wedding will tell you they make the best partners.

"It was good to have that dog as a partner and he helped us locate many suspects that had fled from law enforcement,” said Sheriff Wedding.

K9 Bosco here is eight years old and a veteran of the Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Wedding has had two partners like Bosco, both giving him the experience to train many more K9's.

That is why he's been tapped to train dogs all across Indiana both new and old.

"I think they are extremely valuable tool for law enforcement by using their keen sense of hearing, smelling and eye site that they can locate a hidden suspect,” said Sheriff Wedding.

On and off over the next year Sheriff Wedding will be in Clay County focusing on turning average dogs into the best law enforcement partners.

"A number of disciplines that the dogs will be tested on and if they pass they will be certified by the Indiana Sheriff Association,” said Sheriff Wedding.

A certification that means these K9's are ready to serve and protect.

"Buildings homes, woods and fields where someone has fled sometimes they are armed, sometimes they are dangerous,” said Sheriff Wedding.

Sheriff Wedding will also train these dogs to do things that aren't safe for some officers.

"The K9 goes in and finds that suspect and keeps the police officer and sheriff out of danger,” said Sheriff Wedding.

An extensive training session dedicated to helping dogs end up like Bosco and join the force.


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