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WHP gives K-9's refresher course

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The Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9's, just like the Troopers, must attend refresher courses and new training to stay current with their important duties and to remain certified. 

The WHP says in a press release that drug detection K-9's provide support to the Troopers and other law enforcement agencies during vehicle and building searches for illegal drugs.  The K-9's are able to detect the odors from controlled substances including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

Recently, the Southwest Narcotics Interdiction Force (S.N.I.F.) conducted a joint training exercise with the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in the Flaming Gorge Reservoir by introducing the WHP K-9's to watercraft and open water.

The moving surfaces, slippery floors, and new smells help the K-9's overcome obstacles and remove unknowns from their environment.  The more scenarios they become acclimated with, the more proficient they become.  

The eight WHP handlers and their drug detection K-9's spend numerous hours training on a monthly basis.  The K-9's must also be recertified annually.  

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