GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police K9 unit is participating in a three-day special training session with the US Military K9 unit to exchange ideas and methods.
The teams trained together at the mounted patrol training and housing facility off Dean Forest Road. Sgt. Gregory S. Ernst said this type of training is so important, especially since Savannah has so many different environments to work in - from the woods to the downtown historic buildings. The dogs will then be better prepared to handle real-life situations.
"A lot of the stuff that they do in war time, we do that including searching for wanted people in an open area, in the woods and clearing buildings. They are clearing buildings for insurgents, we are clearing them for suspects," Ernst said. "So because a lot of things we do are so similar, they allowed us to participate in a three day training session."
The SCMPD K9 team typically trains every Tuesday, but this was a special opportunity for them to train with military.
The Savannah-Chatham Metro K9 unit recently won the Region 2 Patrol Case of the Quarter for the Olde Pink House standoff situation that occurred May 17. They are now finalists for the national Patrol Case of the Year Award.