CRETE | Crete Self Storage was a busy place on Feb. 21 as members of 10 local canine units took part in a Will County Sheriff's Department- sponsored training session.
Simulated drugs were placed in several storage units and each canine officer and his partner were given the task to locate them.
In a brisk walk the sensitive canine noses sniffed at the doors of the lockers one by one and then sat or crouched frozen in front of the source of the drug odor. Often the training officer would muss with the dog to distract it but it remained motionless and steadfast, the sign of a positive indication.
The dogs received no treat for their service, just a quick tussle with a toy and training officer. Then it was back to business and on to the next locker. With the help of his partner each canine officer was easily able to locate the scent of the drugs. Routine training such as this helps to keep the dogs in top form in the performance of their duties.
Law enforcement agencies participating were the Will County and Grundy County sheriff's departments, officers from Tinley Park, Oak Forest, Olympia Fields, Park Forest and Crete, the Illinois State Police, and from Indiana the Dyer and Schererville police departments.