New K-9 Unit

By: Rachel DePompa
By: Rachel DePompa

The newest member is named Boss. He's a black Labrador retriever and it's only his second day on the job.

Boss has extensive training in sniffing out narcotics and search and rescue.

Handler Herbert Kite says that's what the dog's man duty will be.

"Every year we have a couple of missing hikers, missing bikers, small children that come up missing. So hopefully he can help expedite out searches a lot quicker," says Kite.

Great Eastern Resort and a State Farm Insurance agent paid the $5,500 price tag for Boss and Food Lion has agreed to donate the dog's food as long as he's a member of the force. Extended Web Coverage

K-9 Training

A Canine is trained to detect the following Narcotics:

  • Marijuana
  • Hashish
  • Powder Cocaine
  • Crack Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine

Handlers Training:

  • Proper leash correction
  • Scent and how Scent works
  • Air Currents
  • Definitions and drives
  • Court Testimony
  • Self discovery
  • Vehicles
  • Buildings
  • Luggage
  • Leash Handling
  • Behavior Change
  • Alert and response to odor

Breeds Used

  • Labradors
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
  • German Sheperds
  • Belgium Malinios

Source: Web Reports contributed to this report

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