Sep 1, 2015 12:21 AM
LACONIA - The New Hampshire Police K-9 academy is funded by the non-profit Working Dog Foundation. This year marks their 20th year.
NH1 News caught up with them in Laconia to see this crucial part of police dog training in action.
While the dogs are in constantly training with their handlers, each Monday this formal training with the K-9 Academy is offered at rotating locations.
This Monday's training took place in Laconia at the old prison.
Lt. George Joy of the Barrington Police Department said, "We have about 22 teams. That's a breakdown of drug dogs, blood hounds and patrol dogs."
They're training to search buildings, search cars, and do outside tracking. It's all to help them better assist their human officer handler in two key areas of law enforcement - patrol and drug detection. To the dogs the hard-core training is playtime.
The dogs and their handlers are required to attend 20 hours of formal training a month, so when something real goes down on the job they're prepared.
The NH K-9 Academy celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Fall Festival on Saturday, September 19th, from 10am to 3pm, at Scamman Farm in Stratham. There will be Police K-9 demonstrations, helicopter rides, music, food, games, a pumpkin patch and more. Admission is $5.
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