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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary




Announcement
November 12, 2008

IGs Drug Detection Handlers/Dogs
Take First Place in Competition Again

Region 2 Inspector Brett Handley and Fido
Region 2 Inspector Brett Handley and Fido
won Top Dog award.

During the first week of November 2008, the Inspector General’s Drug Detection Canine Unit attended the Southern Hill’s Kennel annual seminar and recertification program. During the course of the week the canine / handler teams were challenged with many different training scenarios. At the end of the week, during the certification process, the eight Inspector General’s handler / canine teams competed with 60 other teams from Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, West Virginia, and Georgia. For the second year in a row our teams finished the competition with the top two prizes, and we placed in the top five in all the competition categories. These dogs are trained to detect drugs, weapons, and other contraband and are used in prisons and on prison grounds, including parking lots, throughout the state.

Region I Canine Inspector Chris Mears and Harley
Region I Canine Inspector Chris Mears and Harley took first place in vehicle and building searches.