This is a 14 week program held at the K9 training center at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. Teams will certify in tracking, article/evidence searches, obedience, agility, building searches, criminal apprehension, and officer protection (biting).
Seven teams, including five from the Maine State Police, are undergoing the rigorous training under the guidance and direction of Lead Instructor Cpl. Seth Edwards of the Maine State Police.
Teams in attendance are:
Sgt. Scott Dalton & K9 Haro (Dutch Shepherd)
Tpr. Barry Meserve & K9 Doyle (Dutch Shepherd)
Tpr. Andrew Levesque & K9 Vitz (German Shepherd)
Tpr. Jeffrey Taylor & K9 Oscar (German Shepherd/Belgium Malinois Mix)
Tpr. Adam Schmidt & K9 Ibo (Belgium Malinois)
Deputy Merl Reed (Waldo County Sheriff's Office) & K9 Frankie (Belgium Malinois)
Officer Jamie Fanning (Bangor P.D. )& K9 Aki (German Shepherd)