Jefferson County Sheriff Office hosted the Chilton County Sheriff K-9 and Clanton Police Department K-9 Units along with many dog teams from across the state of Alabama as they attended the Central Alabama K-9 Conference and Police Dog Trials. This yearly training certifies both the dogs and their handlers in many specialties including explosives, narcotics detection, and tracking/apprehension.
During the conference the handlers and their K-9 partners are put through vigorous courses to test their abilities to work together as one unit while reaching the end goal safely. Several classes were held on narcotic detection, tracking, and K-9 first aid.
All Chilton County Sheriff Office and Clanton Police Department k-9 units including Chilton County Sheriff Office Corporal Corry McCartney with K-9 Traffic (narcotics detection/tracking), Captain Ken Harmon with Justice (explosive detection), Lieutenant Erick Smitherman with Scout (Narcotics detection/tracking) Clanton Police Department Captain David Clackley with Max (narcotics detection/tracking) and Detective Jason Harris with Spirit (narcotics detection) completed and passed their yearly certifications.
The teams were proud to show off their skills in competitions in narcotics detection and tracking, with Chilton County Sheriff Office Corporal Corry McCartney and his partner Traffic winning the tracking competition.