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Kirkwood Police Host Canine Training Workshop Vacant Crestwood mall used for practice exercises

Officer Jeremy Bratton of the St. Charles Police Department and his canine partner, Duke, participate in a fall workshop at Crestwood Court. Duke has just discovered drugs hidden in an escalator at the former Macy’s department store.

by Steve Birmingham

If you think you can hide drugs in your office or place of work, or in some hidden compartment in your vehicle, think again. There’s a four-legged cop with a two-legged partner that can prove you wrong almost every time. The Kirkwood Police Department hosted the 2013 Missouri Police Canine Association (MPCA) fall workshop this past week at the shuttered Crestwood Court in Crestwood. Over 25 canine teams from around the state trained there in either single purpose (narcotic detection) or dual purpose (narcotic detection and patrol) roles. Narcotic detection training consists of sniffing the exterior and interior of vehicles, storage locker searches and room searches. Patrol work involves locating and apprehending suspects, while the areas of patrol include building search, tracking, area search and criminal apprehension. Co-coordinated by Kirkwood Police Lt. Dave DeGonia and Canine Officer Jim Patterson, the training was attended by the Kirkwood, St. Charles, Eureka, Hannibal and Poplar Bluff police departments, as well as the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

photo by Diana Linsley

The MPCA, formed in 1996, helps teams excel in the use of canines by providing training and an avenue to certify the canine team. It has also been the association’s mission to help introduce and promote any state legislation that aids in the reliability and efficiency of the K9/handler team. Patterson was busy during the first day of training shuttling back and forth between Crestwood mall and other training sites in Emmenegger Park

Poplar Bluff Police Officer T.J. Akers and his canine partner, Kubo, search for drugs in an SUV in the former Sears parking lot at Crestwood Court. With them is Ron Jenkins of the Kansas City Police Department, an MPCA trainer. photo by Diana Linsley

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and Greentree Park in Kirkwood. He said he was pleased with the turnout of canine teams. St. Charles canine officer Jeremy Bratton and his partner, Duke, a black Labrador retriever, were the first to conduct a building narcotics sniff. Three pounds of marijuana and one and one-half pounds of cocaine had been secreted in the several-thousand square-foot retail space. Within three minutes Duke alerted on his stash. Moving to room sniffs, Duke was able to alert on 12 ounces of heroin and a small amount of methamphetamine within two minutes. Bratton beamed as Duke ran through his paces. “With an area as big as this is, it’s a lot of area to find a little bit of drugs, so I’m always happy when he goes out and does that,” Bratton said. “He loves doing it, and we train a lot, so that’s what you want to see. “It makes you feel good when we train for it and it comes together like that and you find stuff in places you didn’t think it could be hidden in,” he added. “We just keep working at it to make him better and me better at working together.” The training also utilized a GoPro Hero3 video recorder, mounted on a canine’s collar, Patterson said. The recorder was donated by the Alpine Shop. The video recording can be used to record the handler’s reactions dur-

St. Charles Police Officer Dan Allen works with Tucker in the empty Macy’s space at Crestwood Court. photo by Diana Linsley ing a sniff “so they can actually see what they’re doing when we tell them ‘you should do this,’ or ‘you’re messing up on that,’” Bratton said. In addition to the Alpine Shop, other sponsors helping to make the training possible included Kirkwood Material Supply, Combs Tire, Walmart, Shop ’n Save, Sam’s Club and Doc’s HarleyDavidson.

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