Over 60 Law Enforcement and Civilian Search and Rescue K9 teams from across the country and Canada recently assembled in Titusville for a week in December at the American Police Hall of Fame (APHOF) for the 2022 North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) Florida State Workshop.
Workshop organizers hosted practical training sessions from Master Trainers. Attendees received expert information from nationally recognized speakers.
Teams received training and certifications in the areas of Narcotics, Cadaver, Explosives, Tracking and Trailing, Building and Area Search, Aggression Control, Obedience and Police Utility Dog.
The Titusville Police Department, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), NAPWDA, National Narcotics Detector Dog Association, APHOF and Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and on-site training venue host, Brevard County Parks and Recreation, made this training possible.
“The many skills and certifications acquired during this workshop become a vital part of law enforcement’s proactive and reactive policing”, said Titusville Police K9 Team Leader Sergeant John Cantalupo. “For over a past decade, we have been truly honored to provide crucial hands-on training to K9 handlers and their K9 dogs”, added Cantalupo.
Additionally, this training event provided an annual influx of visitors and an enormous revenue source to local businesses including; hotels, restaurants and attractions.
Photo Credit: Amy Cantalupo