STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Police go through constant retraining and recertification. The same goes for their canines.
Bulloch County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Kirk McGlamery and Max worked their way through the nursery rooms of Connection Church in Statesboro to search for drugs stashed away as part of the test. Dog handlers from Savannah to Statesboro and beyond came here to get recertified by the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association.
The observers hid a different drug in each room and the dogs had to find them all. Cpl. McGlamery says it takes weeks and months of training for the officer and dog to become a team.
He says a trained dog on a roadside stop can make all the difference.
"Basically, the dog's telling you they smell one of those odors of narcotics. If you have for training and certification, that's probable cause - just as good as having a search warrant," said Cpl. McGlamery.
The cost of bringing those two evaluators to Statesboro was far, far less than sending all these officers down to them in Florida.