DPSCS K-9 Unit to Graduate 11
Wednesday, January 25 at 9:30 in Hagerstown

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TOWSON, MD (January 24, 2012) – Eleven handlers and their K-9 partners graduate Wednesday from rigorous training programs run by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services K-9 Unit.

Seven of the handlers and their partners were trained as detectors, and will be called upon to search for contraband within DPSCS facilities. Two of the handlers and their dogs were trained as patrol teams, and will help with crowd control and inmate compliance issues. Another two, both handlers from the Washington County Sheriff’s deputies taking part in the DPSCS class, trained as both detectors and patrol teams.

Members of the media are invited to attend the graduation, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at the Randolph Millholland National Guard Armory, just across from MCI-H at 18500 Roxbury Road Hagerstown, Maryland 21746. Please RSVP to the numbers listed above.

The Maryland DPSCS K9 Unit is internationally recognized for its dog breeding and training programs. DPSCS was first in the nation to have a correctional K9 unit breed and train its own cell phone detector dogs.

Annually, the unit trains and assists many local jurisdictions’ law enforcement and correctional agencies, as well as other states’ and nations’ crime fighting agencies.

DPSCS K9 Unit is led by Major Gregory Shumake. Its teams are deployed at State correctional facilities from Cumberland, Hagerstown, and Jessup, to Baltimore, the Eastern Shore, and southern Maryland.