DANVILLE — Local law enforcement learned their role when working with one of Danville Police’s K9 units during a training session Friday.
Danville has three K9s, each capable of assisting law enforcement in many different situations. Danville’s K9 units can search for suspects in open areas or in buildings, sniff out drugs in vehicles, find dropped evidence, such as weapons, and assist in high risk traffic stops.
Danville’s K9 units are available to any local department that requests them. The training Friday, led by Storm Dog Tactical, instructed officers as to what situations a K9 should be called in for, and where their place is when working in tandem with a K9 unit. Danville obtained their K9s through Storm Dog.
When a K9 unit is working, it is following its nose, Krishea Osborne, a tactical trainer with Storm Dog, said. The K9 handler is focused on the dog. The back-up officer provides “lethal cover” — protection for the K9 unit.