Special thank you to Drew Morris and John Morris, Public Safety Commissioner for the State of Maine and Grandfather of two students at L'Ecole Française du Maine, for planning this demonstration by the K9 Unit of the State Police. The 45 minute presentation captivated our students and it was a pretty tough act to follow for the teachers for the remainder of the day :-)
State Police K9 Unit teams are available 24 hours/day and respond to many types of calls in all weather conditions. Calls for service include tracking lost persons or persons suspected of committing a crime. Searching for discarded evidence, both known and unknown. Searching for suspects concealed in buildings. Locating prohibited narcotics hidden in vehicles, structures and on persons. Searching for explosives. Explosive searches are split between actual calls for suspected devices and precautionary searches for dignitaries and VIP’s. Patrol dogs also provide protection for their handlers and deterring ongoing criminal behavior.