LACONIA — Students studying Law Enforcement at the Huot Technical Center have many opportunities to explore exciting career options within the field ranging from local and state police departments, federal law enforcement agencies, fish and game wardens, criminal investigators, correctional officers and private security. One thing they all have in common is the responsibility to protect citizens and their property, apprehend suspects and enforce the law.
Gilford Patrol Officer Adam P. VanSteensburg and his K9 Partner "Ike" presented to the Law Enforcement Class about the partnership between Ike and Officer VanSteensburg. Officer VanSteensburg explained the important role of dogs in law enforcement operations and the two main classifications of police dogs (K9's), detection and general purpose.
While Detection dogs are most commonly trained to detect either drugs or explosives (never both) they can be trained to detect anything. In airports, for example, police canines have food detection dogs or ones that detect money. There are also K9s trained to detect cadavers (human remains), and even pregnant female lobsters (for fisheries officers).
General purpose K9s are trained in tracking, apprehension (bite work), article searches (items with fresh human scent, as in a gun that was thrown away), building searches, and open searches (suspects hiding in woods or field, no tracking). Throughout the presentation, Ike demonstrated various skills, with the highlight being the apprehension of a suspect, who in this case was played by former Laconia Police Chief Miket Moyer.
The K9 class presentation is one of many learning experiences that provide students with the knowledge and skills to transfer into higher education and the workforce.
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