Police dog trainers and handlers from the Valley and across the state are meeting this week at Kent State University’s Trumbull Campus in Champion.
It’s all part of a two-day seminar focusing on laws K-9 handlers and trainers must follow when out on the road. The seminar covered topics including controlling and deploying the dog, giving warnings and apprehending an individual with a K-9 unit.
Attorney John Peters said K-9 units are an invaluable tool for fighting crime as long as they are used correctly.
“They are a very important tool, and they are what we call a force extender meaning they can compensate when there is a shortage of manpower,” said Peters. “There are things they can do that human officers can’t do at all, and there are things that they can do more efficiently than a human officer can. So, they are a tremendous tool for a police department.”