Hobart backdrop for canine training

2013-09-22T20:42:00Z 2013-09-23T15:05:06Z Hobart backdrop for canine trainingDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Canine teams from throughout the country will converge today to train and compete as the city hosts the American Police Canine Association's annual conference.

This is the second time the department's K-9 unit has hosted the event, said Augustine "Simon" Gresser, Hobart police canine team leader. 

Hobart also hosted the event in 2011.

The conference, which will end on Friday, will showcase some 54 canine teams from the U.S. as well as neighboring Canada, Gresser said.

Participants registered to attend include officers from Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, Illinois and Indiana.

Different training scenarios will be scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day throughout Hobart and surrounding communities.

Exercises include building searches and drug interdictions, obedience and aggression.

"There will be a lot of scenarios going on throughout the city, and we don't want the public to be alarmed," Gresser said.

A portion of Second Street, from Main to Center streets, will be closed during the day for the conference which will include activities in the St. Bridget parking lot.

In addition to scenarios played out in Hobart, other areas will include the Deep River Waterpark in Merrillville and the Port of Indiana in Portage.

In addition to the canine teams, there will be 12 master trainers taking part representing California, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and Illinois, Gresser said.

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