Dothan K-9 seminar host teams from around southeast

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) -- They may be dogs but man's best friends are a key role in solving many crimes around the U.S.

Now this week K-9 units from across the southeast are in Dothan learning how to improve their craft.

They can do things humans can't and for many law enforcement agencies they're a valuable asset.

K-9 units from across the southeast are in Dothan honing their skills at the Dothan police department's 13th annual K-9 seminar.

"A lot of canine units are limited to where they can train so when they come here they're exposed to different warehouse situations, vehicle situations," explained Cpl. W.E. Wozniak, of the Dothan Police Department.

The 26 teams participating are working on narcotics and explosives detection, patrol apprehension, and tracking.

"In a lot of cases they've done more training here than they've done in the last three months," says Lt. George Beaudry of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

Lieutenant Beaudry is one of the guest instructors and says being able to help teams that only have one dog is rewarding.

"It's just real important in the canine world that these opportunities are provided in our area and I just like to be part of that," says Lt. Beaudry.

Teams from as far away as North Carolina, New Orleans, and Indiana have participated in the training seminar in years past.