Hagerstown K9 Unit To Graduate 8 Officers
The Maryland Division of Correction’s K9 unit is nationally known for their training program. Graduation will include local law enforcement, DOC officers as well as the first ever Division of Pretrial, Detention and Services Officers to receive full training.
Ceremony Thursday, July 15 at 10 a.m.
TOWSON, MD (July 14, 2010)--- For 10 years, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) has trained K9 officers from around the nation at its Division of Correction (DOC) K9 Headquarters in Hagerstown, Md. On Thursday, July 15, seven DPSCS officers and a Deputy First Class from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office will graduate from the intensive K9 training programs.
The graduation is for officers who have completed the 10-week drug detection course and for those who went through the 14-week school with patrol dogs. These classes are usually held once a year. DOC officers from around the state travel to Hagerstown for the training.
Major Peter Anderson, K9 Commander, and his team regularly train eight police departments and three correctional departments, in addition to DPSCS officers. The unit is nationally known for their technique and the first correctional system in the US to breed and train their own cell phone detection dogs in-house, who since their inception in June of 2008 have found 229 cell phones.
“Whether it is helping secure our perimeters or reducing the contraband introduced into our facilities, the contributions of this K-9 unit are significant and greatly appreciated,” said Division of Correction Commissioner J. Michael Stouffer. The sale and trade of illegal contraband is a root cause of violence within correctional institutions. DPSCS utilizes the K9 Unit as one of many tools in our efforts to keep institutions safe for staff and inmates.
The unit has 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. At the request of the United States State Department, Anderson has also consulted with Chinese officials on cell phone detection.
Two of the graduating officers are stationed at Baltimore City Detention Center. They are the first DPSCS Division of Pretrial Detention and Services (DPDS) officers to receive the full K9 training.