TULSA, Oklahoma –
The Tulsa Police Division has the most important Okay-9 unit within the state of Oklahoma and a coaching program that exceeds nationwide requirements.

We have been invited to tour the coaching grounds at the Tulsa Police Academy this week the place the canine are educated.

“It’s an in depth 12 week course. We begin with obedience and work our approach as much as constructing searches, apprehension work, tracks, dope searches  – and it’s fixed forty hours every week for 12 weeks,” Officer Adam James stated.

“You rely upon them. You realize, they will hear, see and odor things that you would be able to’t. Once you’re on the market within the darkness, and also you’re on a monitor searching felons you’re one hundred% dependent upon them.”

Officer James has been with the division for 12 years and has spent a yr-and-a-half with the unit. He says the bond he has with this workforce and the canine is in contrast to something he’s experienced before.

“The bond types even stronger and stronger. You’re with these canine 24/7. Whenever you’re off work they’re with you. It isn’t just at work so that you build a relationship with them like no different. I’ve had different canine, and it’s fairly unimaginable how shut you develop into with that dog,” he stated.

The canine are with their handlers 24/7, turning into a member of their household. The dimensions of the unit additionally allows the unit to be out there in any respect hours.

“We’ve 24/7 coverage. Not an entire lot of departments have 24/7 coverage. We’ve usually two canine on per shift, you recognize, seven days every week and that’s what really units us apart,” Officer Eric Johnson defined.

Officer Johnson has been with the Tulsa Police Division for thirteen years and on the Okay-9 unit for 9. He additionally performs an important position within the training course of. There are at present 12 twin-objective Okay-9s, three single-objective narcotics Okay-9s and six single-objective bomb K9s on the division.

“These canine are educated in apprehension, finding a felony suspect or critical misdemeanors/violent misdemeanors, and in addition narcotics,” Johnson stated.

They’re additionally an investment. Every canine absolutely educated is valued at greater than $20,000.00.