Wiregrass law enforcement K-9s train at TROY

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Troy University’s Cowart Hall was the scene of heavy police presence as law enforcement from across the Wiregrass swarmed the building with their K-9s.

From narcotics and explosives dogs to apprehension and tracking dogs, K-9s and their handlers from four different law enforcement agencies spent the day showing off and testing their skills.

“A perspective from four different trainers is the is the best way to get better so it’s it’s just great when you can get everybody together in one place and you can get a lot of input,” said Troy University Police Chief George Beaudry, who spent nearly 15 years with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit.

Each floor of Cowart Hall offered different runs depending on the dog’s training. Each team’s goal was to correctly track and find hidden odors.

Troy Police Officer Stephen Eagen and his K-9 partner, Azor, have been together just over a year. Although Azor is still somewhat new to the K-9 division, the team made a successful run.

“Really makes me feel good, reassures me that all the training we’re doing is paying off,” Eagen told TrojanVision.

While some dog searches were indoors, other canines, like Houston County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 Bogie, were tasked with tracking outside. After several minutes of searching, Bogie successfully tracked the scent and located his missing person.

Although each agency has its own training environment and policies, being at TROY challenges both the K-9s and their handlers in a way they may not be able to experience back home.

“It really helps the dogs cause, in their mind, this is real world because they don’t train here all the time,” Beaudry explained.

Now that the K-9s have been exposed to Cowart Hall, the next time they come to TROY they will be expected to make successful runs inside a brand new building and setting.