Canines Work to Become Certified

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Wednesday morning, 29 police canines worked their tails off to become certified and earn the ability to work side by side with their officer.

By law, certification is required every year as proof the dogs know commands and perform the command when told.

Also, the dogs are trained to smell narcotics as well as protect the officer should he or she be attacked by a criminal.

Jason Thomas from the Evansville Police Department says the dogs are essential when fighting crime.

On top of being certified early, the dogs must also be trained 16 hours a month.

If the dog does not pass certification, it must then go into remedial training and go through the certification process again.

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