Spokane PD K9 Unit hosts upcoming WSPCA conference

Ofc, Teresa Fuller, 509.209.7188

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 4:53 p.m.

The Spokane Police K-9 Unit will host the Washington State Police Canine Association (WSPCA) Spring Seminar, April 27th-30th in Spokane. More than 100 K-9 teams from all over the state are expected to participate in the seminar. This is the first time in more than five years that the seminar will be hosted in Spokane.

The Washington State Police Canine Association seminars, held each spring and fall, are for Patrol, Drug, and Bomb K-9 teams. This is a working seminar and Spokane Police Department is this spring’s host agency. The seminars are hosted by agencies across the state with trainers from the association evaluating reality based scenarios, teaching classes, and team skills.

  • Media is invited to attend the reality-based training scenarios (including opportunities for footage of K-9s and on-camera interview with handlers) on Monday, April 28th at 1 p.m. at the Spokane Police Academy (2302 N. Waterworks St.).

Four out of SPD’s five handlers are trainers for the WSPCA.

The last seminar hosted in Spokane was more than five years ago and was a huge success with more than 200 K-9 teams in attendance.

During the seminar, funds are raised for the 'Retired Police K-9 Fund'. This fund helps provide financial support for retired Police K-9’s. Police K-9s live with their handlers after retirement from police work and typically have medical bills and other expenses inherited by their handler.

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