FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Indiana State Police post in Fort Wayne has added a K-9 team with the graduation of Trooper Christopher Davis and his partner Duke.
Davis and Duke were part of four new State Police K-9 teams that graduated for K-9 academy Friday in Indianapolis. The agency now has 40 K-9 teams statewide.
Davis, a seven-year veteran trooper, and Duke completed 14 weeks of training. Duke, a certified Police Service Dog through the International Police Work Dog Association, completed 500 hours of training in narcotic searches, aggression control work, building searches, tracking, article searches and obedience.
Duke is certified in the detection of narcotic odors related to Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Ecstasy, and Heroin.
Indiana State Police K-9 Master Trainer Trooper Kevin Waters touted the K-9 role on a police force.
“The primary initiative of the ISP K-9 team is to search for and locate suspect(s) or evidence that can be linked to a specific crime. The dog is one of the few investigative tools that is available to the patrol team”, said Waters.
The K-9 academy was taught by Master Trainer Sergeant Dennis Wade and trainers Master Trooper Kevin Waters, Senior Trooper Mick Dockery and Senior Trooper Chris Richey, along with ISP K-9 coordinator Tony Knox, and ISP Special Operations Commander Major Pat O’Connor.