Nationwide K9 teams to visit New Haven for conference, Safety Day

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) The American Police Canine Association will bring K9 teams from 11 states and even a team from across the pond in London to New Haven for its annual conference. It’s the first time the New Haven Police Department has hosted the national conference.

“We are definitely ready for it and it really gives us a sense of pride, an opportunity to showcase our department and what our city is about,” New Haven Police Department Chief Henry McKinnon said.

The conference will feature five days of learning different training techniques, tools and equipment to benefit all law officers and their service dogs.

But it’s not just about the K9 teams, the conference also wants to get the public involved.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the officers and their K9s will be at New Haven High School for Safety Day. The event will feature demonstrations, including a police helicopter landing on the school’s football field and a police K9 take-town. People are welcome to meet and greet the service dogs and check out their different skills.

Sgt. Brent Bolinger and his partner, K9 Armor, joined Chief McKinnon on NewsChannel 15’s First News Saturday to talk about the event.

“We’ll do obedience, narcotic searches, tracking, just about every exercise or skill the dog can do will be demonstrated on Wednesday,” Sgt. Bolinger said.

The gates for Wednesday’s event will open at 4:30 p.m. and there will be a Powder Puff football game following the different demonstrations.

For more information about the event, watch the interview with Chief McKinnon, Sgt. Bolinger and K9 Armor in the video at the top.

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