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.