SARASOTA, Fla. -
The SRQ Composite Squadron cadets had very special guests for the Drug Demand Reduction course during the recent squadron meeting. Sarasota Police K-9 officers Indy and Enzo visited along with their handlers Sergeant Troy Sasse and Deputy Shane Watson. The teams came to demonstrate how local law enforcement utilizes K9 patrols.
Sasse answered questions from cadets and the two officers shared stories about experiences with their K9 partners. The officers explained why the police are switching from the German Shepherd to the Belgian Malinois breed and provided a demonstration of the strength and energy of the Malinois.
Sergeant Sasse demonstrated K9 Indyís discipline by holding his favorite toy in front of K9 Indy and it was only when K9 Indy was given the command to take the toy that he lunged forward. The officers then demonstrated how the dogs work during a drug search.
Deputy Watson took the cadets outside for a search and rescue exercise. K9 Indy was shown a flashlight, and he was told he would have to find it. One of the squadron's newest cadets, C/AB Cruz, threw the flashlight as far as he could. K9 Indy was deployed and it was only minutes later that K9 Indy sat down in the grass, signifying that he had found the flashlight.
The officers concluded the visit by providing what the requirements are to become a K9 handler in the Sarasota Police Department. The SRQ cadets send a special thanks to the Sarasota Police Department, Sergeant Troy Sasse and Deputy Shane Watson for the engaging presentation.