MYERSVILLE, Md. - Several K-9's have been trained, and are ready to help out in correctional facilities throughout the state of Maryland.
Seventeen K-9's are now ready, and trained to work for the Maryland Department of Public Safety, and Correctional Services.
"We graduated three separate classes today. Patrol, detector, and bomb detector dogs,” said Commander of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services K-9 Unit, Mark Charles Flynn.
The trainers of the K-9’s also received recognition during the graduation.
"It took 16 long weeks through all kinds of weather conditions, you know rain....it was pretty grueling training; but we made it through,” said Sgt. Gilbert McCoy, with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
Elwood was one of the dogs that graduated, and he's trained to do many things on command including crowd control.
"He's trained in apprehension...he's basically a patrol dog,” said Sgt. McCoy.
Moving forward, law officials say the K-9's will be incredibly valuable to all aspects of law enforcement.
"Especially when we have respondents out of the institutions, where there's a disorder or emergency or riot going on. A dog is kind of like a tank coming in to help the infantry out, and even there mere presence can put down a riot or an insurrection and get cooperation out people who don't want to be cooperative,” added Flynn.