Polk County, FL sheriff’s K-9 team first in nation to complete special training.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has presented Deputy D. Brett…

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has presented Deputy D. Brett Hermelbracht and his K-9 partner, Silvo, with a sheriff’s commendation recognizing their achievement in being the first K-9 team in the nation to complete a rigorous training program presented by the North American Police Working Dogs Association.

In March, Hermelbracht and Silvo went to Perry in North Florida to attend an annual NAPWDA workshop. The association offers a Tactical K-9 Instruction class at all of its workshops across the country. The class consists of three increasingly difficult levels that more than 130 canine teams from across the country have attempted to complete – but without success.

Together, Hermelbracht and Silvo ran through the course, having previously never heard of it and having never trained for or competed in it.

Level 1 consists of such tasks as carrying the dog 50 feet, working the dog in formation with other officers and making the dog stay in place for three minutes while his handler is out of sight. The Polk County completed Level 1 with ease, and moved to Level 2, which required Silvo to stay in place while his handler exchanged gunfire with a decoy, and other demonstrations of control.

Source: Newschief.com

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