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K-9 officers receive annual certifications

Several K-9 officers were put to the test earlier this week during a training session at the former A.C. Moore Elementary School.

The session, which was hosted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, is through the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association, and serves as the annual certification of the K-9 officers, Deputy Danny Lambert said.

Lambert said Monday that K-9 officers from six agencies, including the ECSO, the State of Alabama, East Brewton Police Department, Thomasville Police Department, Conecuh County Sheriff’s Office and Robertsdale Police Department participated in the two-day training.

Lambert said Monday’s training exercise included K-9 officers detecting five different drugs — marijuana, cocaine, heroine, ecstasy and methamphetamine. Each drug was hidden in a separate classroom, and the K-9 officer had to detect, or alert, on the drug in less than 3 minutes.

Lambert said German Shepherds and Labradors, both narcotic and patrol dogs, were tested during the session.

The training session ended Tuesday with a bite test.