WOODSTOCK, GA — The Woodstock Police Department’s K-9 Unit has received re-certification and recognition for the excellence for its officers as well as handlers. The unit was recognized at the 8th Annual South Georgia K-9 Training and Certification Workshop, which was held Nov. 12-16 in Perry.
Officials from the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association train and certify police service dogs in narcotic detection, utility/tracking/trailing and explosive detection at this conference. At the close of the conference, handlers and their K-9s are recognized for excellence in their field of expertise.
This year, Woodstock officer Jarred Jackson and K-9 Exo competed in the Obedience category. In this category, Jackson and Exo demonstrated their partnership through command response and after competing against roughly 70 teams, the officer and his canine partner received first-place honors in the category.
“We take great pride in our training and dedicate ourselves to serving the city to the best of our ability,” Jackson said. “Our K-9s — Exo, Rosa, Dugan and Rex — are dedicated to serving and love doing it. This training and dedication was recognized on a national platform and we hope we made the city of Woodstock proud just as our partners made us proud.”
Exo, Rex and Dugan are trained in tracking and narcotics detection while Rosa is trained in explosive detection.
Photo 1: From left to right are: officer Nik Petit-Alleyne and K-9 Rex; officer Jarred Jackson and K-9 Exo; officer Mathew Dunn and K-9 Rosa; and officer Daniel Butler and K-9 Dugan
Photo 2: Jackson and K-9 Exo
Photo credits: Darleen Prem/Darleen Prem Photography