K-9 Program Graduates 6 Officers, K-9 Partners Thursday
Media invited to the 10:30 a.m. event in Hagerstown

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TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 25, 2010) – Six officers and their K-9 partners graduate Thursday, October 28 from a ten-week drug detection class.

The youngest-ever K-9 partner certified by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) program is among the graduates. She is an 8-month-old yellow Lab named Ginger, and is a product of the K-9 operation’s breeding program. Two of the canine graduates were rescued from the Service Group Lab rescue.

To breed a dog through the in-house breeding program costs about $675 per animal, including veterinary care, collars and even their training toys. Purchasing a dog from a standard K-9 kennel would cost between $3,000 and $4,000. The DPSCS breeding program has produced ten dogs: seven in the field, one graduating Thursday and two more being trained. This represents a savings of between $23,250 and $33,250.

Media is invited to the 10:30 a.m. ceremony. Please RSVP to Erin Julius on attached if planning to attend.

For 10 years, DPSCS has trained K-9 officers from around the nation at its Division of Correction (DOC) K9 Headquarters in Hagerstown, Md. Four DOC officers and two Division of Pretrial Detention and Services (DPDS) officers are in the Oct. 28 graduating class.

The K-9 team also regularly trains eight police departments and three correctional departments, in addition to DPSCS officers. The unit has also trained the Israeli Prison Service, Canadian Border Service, Canadian Federal Prison Service and New South Wales Corrective Services and provides consultation with numerous agencies on cell phone detection with dogs.

The following will graduate Thursday:

Sgt. A. Green, stationed at Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC)
Sgt. D. Jones, also stationed at BCDC
Sgt. G. Harmon, DOC K-9 stationed in Jessup
Sgt. D. Becker, DOC K-9 stationed at Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Md.
Sgt. M Moore, DOC K-9 stationed in Jessup.
Sgt. J. Ahalt, DOC K-9 stationed in Hagerstown