Community support continues for K-9 unit

On March 18-20, The Marshalltown Police Department K-9 Unit hosted the State of Iowa United States Police Canine Association’s annual Narcotic Detector Dog Certification and Tracking Dog Certification. Fifty five K-9 units from around the state of Iowa as well as Moline, Ill. attended the event. The teams were tested in their ability to search indoor areas and vehicles to locate hidden narcotics to include marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. A few teams were also tested in their abilities to follow a human scent to locate the track left behind by someone walking.

This was a lot of preparation and work and there were many individuals and businesses that were involved in the event that I cannot thank enough! Hopefully, I do not forget to mention anyone here.

I want to thank the facilities that allowed all these dog teams to trek in and out of their buildings for a day. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa National Guard Armory allowed us access to their buildings and/or vehicles. Several local businesses donated towards the event: Pentz Appliance, Theisens, The General Store, Lost and Finned, H&F Distributing, Hy-Vee and Kmart. We greatly appreciate their help!

And several individuals who helped in one way or another: MPD K-9 Officer Eric Siemens, Tama County Sheriff Deputy Joe Quandt, Story County Sheriff Deputy Joel Navratil, MPD Crime Scene Tech Corraey Watson, MPD Volunteer Judy Henson and MPD Capt. Chris Jones.

This community continues to amaze me with the support that the MPD K-9 unit receives, I know of very few K-9 divisions that get this kind of support and fully recognize that I certainly would not have had the amazing experiences as a K-9 handler without it. Thank you!