Capt. Doug Taylor and his K9 partner during
2010's public demonstration in Lawrenceburg.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Crooks and criminals may want to avoid the Lawrenceburg area this week.
The city will have an increased police presence this week as the Lawrenceburg Police Department hosts the 8th Annual North American Police Work Dog Association Training Seminar.
Lawrenceburg Police Capt. Doug Taylor is one of the event’s main organizers. He says between 80 and 100 dogs and their police handlers will be participating.
“We’ve got about 12 different states represented. A majority of the teams are from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky, but we have some from North Carolina, Massachusetts, Virginia, Missouri, Michigan, Tennessee just to name a few,” said Taylor.
Taylor said training will take place Monday through Friday with K9 teams participating in searches of buildings and vehicles.
“The training is something we do to keep the dogs up on what they work on. Handlers will be able to get help and pointers from other handlers throughout the week,” Taylor said.
The dogs who participate in the seminar can receive certification, which helps solidify evidence against accused criminals in court.
“(The certification) shows it’s not just some dog, but one who’s been to college, so to speak,” said Taylor.
There will be a public demonstration of what the police dogs can do on Wednesday evening, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Lawrenceburg High School’s Neary Memorial Field. The free demonstration will include a parade, police helicopters, and special September 11 tribute.