Rock Springs – The Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9's, just like people, must attend refresher courses and new training to stay current with their important duties and to remain certified.
The WHP drug detection K-9's provide support to the Troopers and other law enforcement agencies during vehicle and building searches for illegal drugs. The K-9's are able to detect the odors from controlled substances including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.
Recently, the Southwest Narcotics Interdiction Force (S.N.I.F.) conducted a joint training exercise with the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department by introducing the WHP K-9's to watercraft and open water.
The moving surfaces, slippery floors, and new smells help the K-9's overcome obstacles and remove unknowns from their environment. The more scenarios they become acclimated with, the more proficient they become.
These photos were taken near the Buckboard boat dock on Flaming Gorge Reservoir during the 8 hour training day.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol drug detecting K-9's, Trooper's and K-9 training and the K-9 equipment were purchased with a federal grant secured from HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area).
The eight WHP handlers and their drug detection K-9's spend numerous hours training on a monthly basis. The K-9's must also be recertified annually.