After 14 weeks of intense and challenging training, the Delaware Department of Correction canine unit held a graduation ceremony Aug. 1 for its 2019 Basic Patrol K9 Class.
During the ceremony, Special Operations Group Deputy Warden Louise Layton recognized the graduating K9 teams led by instructors Staff Lt. Gregory Dean, K9 Trainer Educator III Mark Bower and K9 Trainer Educator I Ryan Walker.
Various training methods included obedience, agility course, tracking, contraband search, evidence search, suspect search, criminal apprehension and handler protection. The handlers also received instruction on basic K9 health and first aid.
“We are extremely proud of our newest K9 teams and recognize their commitment and dedication to service,” said Deputy Bureau Chief of Prisons Paul G. Shavack. “Our Delaware Department of Correction K9 teams offer many capabilities and are considered a force multiplier in keeping our facilities, correctional staff, and offenders safe and secure.”