The Delaware State Police and municipal K9 teams throughout the state received national certification in explosive and narcotic scent detection by the National Police Canine Association.

The Delaware State Police and municipal K9 teams throughout the state received national certification in explosive and narcotic scent detection by the National Police Canine Association.

Both dual and single-purpose K-9 teams participated in the certification event.

The DSP, New Castle County Police Department and Wilmington Police Department K9 teams train to meet NPCA’s certification standards.

The agencies train K9 teams under one certification standard for both explosive and narcotic scent detection. Certification scenarios included K-9 obedience, tracking, building searches, vehicle searches and wooded-area searches.

Twelve DSP K-9 teams and four municipal teams from Capitol Police Department and Department of Natural Resources completed the patrol and explosive certifications.

Fourteen DSP teams and 10 municipal teams from the Newark, Lewes, Bridgeville, Smyrna, Ocean View, Harrington and Dover police departments completed the patrol and narcotics certifications.

For information, visit dsp.delaware.gov/canine_unit.shtml.