☷Military working dog Local police teams collaborate for training
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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COLORADO SPRINGS , Colo . — Spc . Sadie Kinney , handler , 69th Military Police Detachment , 759th MP Battalion , and Aszlam , search a room during a joint training event with the Colorado Springs Police Department K - 9 - unit April 20 , 2022 . COLORADO Springs , Colo . — Spc . Tristan Bayerlein , handler , 69th Military Police Detachment , 759th MP Battalion , and Zoly , search for narcotics during a joint training event in Colorado Springs April 20 , 2022 . COLORADO SPRINGS , Colo . — Fort Carson military working dog teams maneuvered through hallways , stairwells , meeting rooms and reception areas inside a training building in Colorado Springs April 20 , 2022 . Under the discerning eyes of veteran trainers and mentors , the teams’ mission was to find hidden caches of narcotics and explosives . While 69th Military Police Detachment , 759th MP Battalion , handlers and dogs searched a first - floor hallway for narcotics , their counterparts from the Colorado Springs Police Department ( CSPD ) were busy searching an upper floor for explosives . At the same time , in another part of the complex , teams with the 10th Special Forces Group ( Airborne ) conducted their own K - 9 training scenarios . “This was a special set up that we are trying to implement more often , ” said Staff Sgt . Brandon Spears , plans NCO , 69th MP Det . “With this combined training event , we’re getting K - 9 minds together in an effort to share different tactics , techniques and procedures when it comes to dog training . ” Sgt . Mike Snuggs , K - 9 sergeant , CSPD , coordinated the event with Spears and CSPD K - 9 trainer , Sgt . Andy Genta . “We wanted to use a big , indoor venue because it provides a different environment for the military team especially , ” Snuggs said . “And , we wanted to include scenarios that they usually don’t get to see . ” The large structure included three floors and a basement with varying floor - plan layouts . Instructors also devised different scenarios that tasked teams with finding multiple types and sizes of narcotic samples during the drug detection training . “We wanted the dogs to experience the wow factor that comes with a big ( drug ) find , ” Snuggs said . Ultimately , CSPD brought 10 patrol narcotic dog teams to the event and the 69th MP Det . brought six drug and explosive detection teams , while 10th SFG also participated with a few of its teams . Handlers and K - 9 dogs ranged in experience from novice to multi - year veteran , and most worked through every area of the venue . Snuggs explained that some of the CSPD officers have been handlers for more than a dozen years and are working with their second and third dogs . “What we get out of this collaboration is sharing knowledge , learning from the military teams’ skills and vice versa , ” Snuggs said . “We were trying to help them out with sourcing of odor in rooms and how we run dogs through a building . Ultimately , we want to see what teams do differently as a way of making everybody better . ” Coming up in May , the 69th MP Det . will host the Rocky Mountain K - 9 Challenge and Conference at Fort Carson . Mountain Post military police leaders expect 40 to 50 Army , Air Force and law enforcement teams to compete in the six - day event at various locations on post .
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