Officers and K-9s team up to make prisons safer

Three officers with their K-9s
Officers and their K-9s from ICC, SICI and SRCI

Correctional officers and their K-9s from three area prisons recently got together for a day of training with the goal of building professional ties that will help them work together on facility searches

The photo here, from the left, shows Sgt. Michael Teeter with K-9 Agarie from Idaho Correctional Center, Officer Thomas Conant with K-9 Mitch from South Idaho Correctional Institution and Sgt. Jeff Moura with K-9 Bryn Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, Ore.

"ICC and SICI's K-9s have been teaming up in searches of the two facilities and even at ISCI," SICI Cpl. Jason Mileski said. "By adding Snake River, we hope to develop a working relationship that will allow IDOC K-9s to assist Snake River in future searches as well as Snake River helping us."

Agarie was trained and certified through ICC's accrediting process for the detection of meth, marijuana, cocaine and heroin.
Mitch is trained and POST certified in the detection of both smoking and chewing tobacco, meth, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and cell phones.

Bryn is still in the accrediting process.

Mileski says Officer Conant and Sgt. Teeter have been working hard to expand the K-9 program with other agencies, like the Ada County Sheriff's Office and the Meridian Police Department.

Story published: 01/17/2014
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