Urban Area Security Initiative Grant funded the three-week training course for NoVa police dogs and handlers.
“Danno” and his handler, Fairfax County Police Sgt. Joe Furman, have only known each other three weeks and all of that time was spent training with other police dogs and handlers from Northern Virginia. In all, 15 dogs went through 120 hours of training at the first-ever regional train-the-trainer course held at the Fairfax County Police Operations Support Bureau in Annandale. The dogs were trained to detect anything from cocaine and marijuana to explosives by only using their noses and not relying on their handlers. The training, done by Mississippi-based Alpha K-9, put the dogs through a gauntlet of training scenarios geared toward training them to sniff out anything on their own. “For the three dogs that haven’t had the previous …
All five of the FCPD K-9 teams that entered the 2012 Virginia Police Canine Association (VPCA) Iron Dog competition won awards and recognition.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
All five of the FCPD K-9 teams that entered the 2012 Virginia Police Canine Association (VPCA) Iron Dog competition won awards and recognition for their top abilities testing strength, stamina and team work. Dubbed as “the ultimate police K9 Challenge,” this is the third year FCPD teams have partaken in this day-long event. The competition was held Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds with K-9 teams from over 30 top law enforcement and military agencies across the region. FCPD K-9 Kodiak took first place as the overall Iron Dog winner for 2012. He and his handler, Officer Brad Weeks also took first place in Firearms and third place in the Muzzle Events. Blitz took third place in the overall competition, first in …