Boone County is training mid-Missouri K-9 units

1 year 2 months 3 days ago Wednesday, October 12 2016 Oct 12, 2016 Wednesday, October 12, 2016 4:03:00 PM CDT October 12, 2016 in News
By: Emma Frazier, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Boone County Sheriff's Department has new agreements with three mid-Missouri police and sheriff's departments to train K-9 units.

The Cooper County Sheriff's Department, Rolla Police Department and Lebanon Police Department are the latest to join the Boone County K-9 training program.

Deputy Sheriff Chris Smith, a trainer for the Boone County Sheriff's Department, said, "We have contracts for training with Boonville PD, Cooper County Sheriff's Department, Macon County Sheriff's Department, the University of Missouri Police Department, Wright City Police Department, Rolla Police Department, and Lebanon, Missouri Police Department, so our group is growing by leaps and bounds really."

Smith said starting a K-9 unit has become too expensive and Boone County's program offers a cheaper option.

"The reason that we started this was to try and provide low cost police dog training here in central Missouri because the price of training new dogs and buying new dogs has become very high, and smaller agencies don't have the funds sometimes to send their handlers out of state or away from home for several weeks at a time," Smith said. "We started this service so we could provide dogs and training to departments to try to save them a little money and to keep our K-9 program funded."

The training for a new dog and handler lasts eight weeks, and since the training is so close to home, the handlers are able to do the training in their normal work day.

Cory Lowrance, K-9 handler for the Lebanon Police Department, said the Boone County Sheriff's K-9 training program is highly recommended.

"We have had some great reviews for the Boone County Sheriff's Department for K-9 training," Lowrance said. "He came recommended by another K-9 handler that we originally trained with, and we've had a fantastic time."

Lowrance said he has already learned a lot.

"It's definitely more in depth than what I originally thought it would be," Lowrance said. "It's definitely a lot more fun than I thought it would be."

He also said he has already realized how nice it is to have a K-9 partner.

"It's great having a partner with you all the time, so if you're driving around at night, you know, you're not bored just sitting there by yourself," Lowrance said. "You've got somebody trying to lick your face or something and get your attention while you're driving down the road."

After completing the first eight week training session, there is ongoing maintenance training. Smith said the maintenance training is every few weeks over the dog's lifespan.

More News

Grid
List
NEW BLOOMFIELD- A two vehicle car wreck Saturday left one person dead and another injured, according to the Missouri State... More >>
29 minutes ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 4:19:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
JACKSONVILLE - An estimated 400 people attended a wreath laying ceremony Saturday at the Jacksonville State Veterans Cemetery. It... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 3:31:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Graduation day is long awaited by many and Amy Kiso Bledsoe is no exception. Bledsoe was... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 2:47:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — As Missouri struggles with the epidemic of opioid abuse, no place in the state has been... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 1:10:14 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - A furnace malfunction caused a fire in a trailer home on Pratherville Road Saturday morning. Gale... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 12:05:48 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — People returning to Kansas City after being released from prison will get a 90-day supply... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:25:12 AM CST December 16, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Firefighters responded to a shed fire off of Highway 40 near Rocheport Saturday morning. Boone County... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 10:04:00 AM CST December 16, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials with the University of Missouri-Kansas City say students will soon have access to state-of-the-art... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:16:45 AM CST December 16, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Cat cafes have popped up across the world in cities including New York City, London and Tokyo, and... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:36:00 AM CST December 16, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Some Jefferson City kids are getting the chance at a Merry Christmas this year with the help... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 12:00:00 AM CST December 16, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed it has fired Trooper Anthony Piercy. KOMU 8 spoke to... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 8:42:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - St. Louis officers arrested a suspect that was on the run in a duplex on Sears Court in... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 8:29:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The application for the top education position in the state, Missouri State Education Board Commissioner, opened Friday leaving... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 8:02:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
BLUE SPRINGS (AP) — A commercial real estate records company based in suburban Kansas City has abruptly shut down, leaving... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 7:42:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department say a house fire that killed a cat Friday afternoon started in the kitchen.... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 7:29:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - For the past six years Ryan Shultz, the creator/owner of the Candy Cane Crib, has shared a well-lit... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 7:17:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said around half of adults in the U.S. struggle with understanding... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 6:00:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in Continuous News
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Blue Springs, Missouri, man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping a sheriff's deputy... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 4:51:08 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 59°
5pm 56°
6pm 52°
7pm 48°
8pm 46°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00p
PGA Tour Golf
5:00p
Jeopardy!
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
4:00p
Elementary
5:00p
Sheriffs El Dorado County
5:30p
Sheriffs El Dorado County

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Will & Grace
7:30p
Superstore
8:00p
Dateline NBC
9:00p
Saturday Night Live
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld