Six DOC K-9 Handlers And Their Dogs Earn USPCA Certification

Six Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) K-9 handlers and their dogs recently earned Contraband Dog Certification by the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA). These teams have become among the first in the country to gain this accreditation. The K-9 teams were assessed on their ability to detect and discover cellphones, drugs and other contraband commonly found in and around a correctional institution.

“Our K-9 teams are an invaluable asset to the safety and security of our correctional facilities,” said Commissioner Perry Phelps. “Achieving USPCA contraband certification is another example of our dedication to public safety and the residents of the State of Delaware.”

The United States Police Canine Association is the nation’s oldest and largest police K-9 organization. They train and certify police dogs in General Patrol, Tracking, Protection, Narcotic Detection, Contraband, Search and Rescue, Explosive Detection, and Arson use.

The USPCA Contraband Certified K-9 teams are as follows:

SSgt. Joe Bryant/K-9 Raven (HRYCI)

C/O Tom Bauerle/K-9 Hagen (JTVCC)

C/O Chris Connelly/ K-9 Remco and K-9 Andy (STOP Unit)

SSgt. Michael Pearson/K-9 Leia (JTVCC)

C/O Garrett Taylor/K-9 Jag (SCI)

C/O David Sharp/K-9 Sledge (SCI)

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