Training questions dog three BCSO K-9 officers

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 6/12/19

Three K-9 officers have been taken out of service at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office over questions about their training and certifications.

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Training questions dog three BCSO K-9 officers

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Three K-9 officers have been taken out of service at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office over questions about their training and certifications.

According to BCSO spokesman Adam Lewis, the department has five K-9s and two remain on duty with their handlers. Lewis said questions were raised by the 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office about training certifications on three of the dogs.

“These trainings and certifications took place under the previous administration,” Lewis said.

He noted the three K-9s in question were immediately taken out of active service, and proper training and certifications are expected to be done within the next two weeks. He added he believes the training can be done locally.

“I heard it may be Monday,” Lewis said.

Lewis said he understands Judge Andrew Freiberg will have to rule whether the dogs’ existing trainings and certifications are correct. But, Sheriff Steve Lawson didn’t want to wait until that ruling is delivered, so he took this action to remove the animals from service, Lewis added.

“We don’t know if there’s an issue with them for certain,” Lewis said, adding two K-9s are still in active service.

Lewis said he hasn’t yet heard if this issue will impact any ongoing cases.

“I don’t know if there is a specific case they are involved in that this would affect,” Lewis said of the out-of-service K-9s, adding the BCSO is working with the DA’s office on this issue.

Lewis noted the three K-9s’ handlers are still on the job.

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