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K-9 units conduct exercise at bus barn

Monday, September 15, 2008

Clay County Sheriff's Dept. Dep. Josh Clarke runs K-9 officer Forrest through a training exercise at the Clay Community Schools bus barn Monday. [Order this photo]
Typically, at every job, there's training that comes with it.

K-9 Officers Forrest and Dayk are not exceptions.

The two K-9 officers, along with handlers, Clay County Sheriff's Deputies Josh Clarke and Brison Swearingen, paid a visit to the Clay Community Schools bus barn Monday morning.

"We just have them come by and sniff the vehicles," CCSC Director of Transportation Frank Misner said. "We've had them out before, but not every year.

"We just have them check our spares (buses). It gives the dogs practice. It's good for them and it's good for us."

Swearingen said the officers had plans to visit every school building during training this year.

"We will go to all the schools," he said. "Josh and I are going to do more searches at the schools (this year)."

"We did some schools the other day just to make sure our schools and kids are safe," Clarke added.

While training at the bus barn, Clarke and Swearingen planted some illegal substances in a bus for both K-9 officers to sniff out.

Both K-9 officers receive a tennis ball as a reward if they complete training sessions successfully.

"They work off a reward," Swearingen said. "This is just to help them out."

Swearingen said having the opportunity to train on school buses can help both K-9 officers.

"It's not something we train on a regular basis," he said.

Clarke added school buildings or officials are not contacted prior to any training session.

"We just come out and do it," he said. "That way, there's no likelihood that anybody can find out about it."

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Good job keep it up clarke

-- Posted by charcar on Tue, Sep 16, 2008, at 1:30 AM

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