Reported by Sergeant Jeff Felt, Madison Police Department
March 28, 2016 7:29 PM
Officer Jason Baumgart and I are currently at Shallow Creek Kennels, Sharpsville, PA, going through a six week handlers course getting the Madison’s Police Department’s two newest canines, Carl, a single purpose bomb dog and, Allied, a dual purpose patrol dog. This is Officer Baumgart’s first police dog. This will be my second police dog, but first explosive detection dog.
The class began last Monday, March 20th, and will conclude Friday, April 29th. There are 15 other handlers from all over the Midwestern and Eastern part of the country here for the course and their dogs. The first two days of class were spent in the classroom, learning everything from the history of your breed of dog, to principles of training, to genetics and drives, to first aid and recognizing symptoms of different ailments the dog may have and treatment for these various problems. Written tests on covered subject matter are administered each Friday.
Before we first worked with our new partners, we practiced and practiced “dry runs” on automobiles, buildings, and obedience. We worked on search patterns, to help make the transition a bit smoother when we began working with our dog. Needless to say, things haven’t always gone smoothly and all of this is under the guidance of a trainer. We receive constructive feedback on everything we do, from leash holding, to footwork, to the tone of our voice when giving commands or praising our dogs. The training is challenging and rewarding.
The remainder of the week was spent working on narcotics searches for Officer Baumgart and explosive searches for me. We both also began working on basic obedience with our partners. One of the challenges I’ve had is my former partner’s commands were in German, both of these dog’s commands are in Dutch. I’ve inadvertently given several German commands–too much motor memory. I’m trying to get better every day!
Jason and I will try and provide a weekly update of our progress and experience. All of the training was on-site this week. Next week, we’ll be traveling to other venues to expose the handlers and the dogs to different environments and challenges. We’ll be working on other aspects of our training, building on the foundation of this week. We’re looking forward to it!
I’ve attached a couple of pictures of the new dogs. Carl is a German Shepherd and Allied a Belgian Malinois. Both are just under a year and a half old. Stay tuned for updates…..Sergeant Jeff Felt
Green Madison is an effort to reduce energy consumption in the City of Madison. In its first round of an online sustainability game, Cool Choices, concluded in late November achieved cost savings, energy reductions and special recognitions for participants. The online game is part of Green Madison’s city-wide effort to reduce energy consumption and win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize.
More than 850 individual players from over 45 Madison businesses and organizations signed up for the 8-week game. Players formed teams and competed to take the greatest number of sustainable and energy-saving actions. At the conclusion of the game the top three individual players were each awarded a grant to donate to the non-profit of their choice. These grants were sponsored by the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District and Madison Gas & Electric.
First place winner, Heidi Fleegel, donated her winning grant of $500.00 to Capital K9s, the non-profit organization that raises funds to support the Madison Police Department K9 Unit.
“I took part in the Cool Choices game to be more conscientious of making better choices (no matter how small) to help the environment. It was exciting to take first place and learn that I’d won the opportunity to donate a Green Madison grant to the non-profit of my choice. It’s a good example of how a simple game can create positive ripples in the community,” said Heidi Fleegel, City of Madison Records Clerk.
Thanks for your support of Capital K9s!
AppleWood Self Storage provides storage and training opportunities.
Training at his two facilities involves hiding drugs in empty storage units. According to the Madison Police Department, the dogs search for these illegal substances by attempting to detect their odor through closed doors.
“The problem of storage units being used for narcotics has been around for a very long time,” said Tim Zehring, a crime expert who specializes in self-storage facilities. “This is a legitimate problem.”
Owners of self-storage units believe that it makes sense for their facilities to allow police K9 units to train at their premises on a regular basis. This partnership works to:
• Reduce crime
• Attract better tenants
• Chase off the bad guys
• Promote good customer relations
• Stay on top of drug detection
• Demonstrate good corporate citizenship
Other storage facilities have requested random checks from the Madison Police Department. Drugs have never been detected in rented storage units at the Applewood Self Storage facilities.
This arrangement creates a win-win situation. According to owner David Wood, AppleWood Self Storage enjoys “the best occupancy levels” and the Madison Police Department canine unit is provided a quality storage and training venue.
Capital K9s thanks AppleWood Self Storage for this valuable service to the community.
This report was compiled by Sgt. Chris Boyd of the Madison Police Department K9 Unit.
The photos in the slideshow below are from the MPD K9 Unit training conducted on June 29, 2015.
“Our K9 Unit along with Oregon PD K9 and Green County K9 worked with a Brownie troop of 8 girls to better train the K9s to track missing children. The K9s practiced tracking a specific child in a busy neighborhood and the kids learned how the dogs use their noses to find individual people.
Each of the eight K9 teams tracked two different children a few blocks starting at Westminster Church on Nakoma Rd. Each girl was able to follow the tracking team while they worked and walk a path to be found by the K9.
Afterwords, the kids had plenty of questions to ask the K9 handlers about their K9 partners working abilities. It was good training and great fun for all involved.”
Mounds Pet Food Warehouse will sponsor Dog Fest at Angell Park in Sun Prairie on June 14, 2015. Once again, Capital K9s will participate at this delightful event. Click here for more information.
Officers of the Madison Police Department K9 Unit will demonstrate apprehension techniques.
A special treat is to have your photo taken, along with your dog(s), inside a police squad car.
It promises to be a great time for all!
K9 Johnny’s Retirement Party
On February 17, 2015, K9 Johnny celebrated his retirement from the Madison Police Department with his friends. Chief of Police Michael Koval praised K9 Johnny for his 10 years of dedicated service. Sgt Chris Boyd recognized both Police Officer Jim Donnell and K9 Johnny for their contributions to safeguard the citizens of Madison.
Thanks for your dedicated service, K9 Johnny! Enjoy your retirement!
K9 Johnny Retires
On Tuesday, February 17, 2015, K9 Johnny retired from the Madison Police Department. A media event took place at the police department’s training facility on that day. (more…)
Madison Police Officer Jim Donnell and K9 Krahnie tracked down a bank robber today. The armed robbery occurred at the Anchor Bank located in Monona at 6501 Monona Dr. at 8:34am. A witness saw the robber run across the Beltline. K9 Krahnie was started in the area the suspect was last seen. The team tracked the suspect through some thick marsh along the Yahara River. The area was so thick Officer Donnell had to work K9 Krahnie off leash. He would let her track then down her so officers could catch up. Officer Donnell eventually saw the suspect hiding in thick brush and ordered him to stand up. Seeing the suspect stand, K9 Krahnie attempted to apprehend the suspect. Officer Donnell ordered his K9 to down and she remained on guard until the suspect was taken into custody.
The apprehension earned Officer Donnell and K9 Krahnie a ride back to their squad on the Dane County Deputies air boat!
Author: Sgt Chris Boyd, Madison Police Department
Remember, the entire K9 unit of the Madison Police Department is funded through donations.
TheCarlsonCompany (click link to watch video)
Capital K9s and the Madison Police K9 Unit would like to thank local businessman Chris Carlson of The Carlson Company for providing a training site for our dogs and a home-cooked meal for their handlers at a recent team training! Check out this video of Officer McKenzie and K9 Josh as they perform a training track completely indoors!
Written by Police Officer Nick Eull