Indiana State Police host K9 training in North Liberty

The Indiana State Police held one of their annual training exercises Saturday, but it wasn't necessarily for the officers.

Police from surrounding townships met at North Liberty Elementary School today for the Indiana State Police K9 practical.

The K9 officers were challenged with five different scenarios stationed around and inside the school.

Police and their K9 partners were put to the test as they worked together to complete the course.

Officers performed their training exercises and then let their K9 train with them.

The K9's practiced identifying illegal drugs while also training to track and search for suspects.

"Dogs have the ability to, most people don't realize, be nice or not nice,” said Sgt. Trent Smith with the Indiana State Police. “To bite or not bite. And that's just one of those things that it's a great training tool out here because the handlers out here will be yelling commands at them and the goal obviously and to tell the dog to stop or quite biting or quite whatever it is or whatever the command is to do and for them to do that instantly.”

Officials say they want the training to be held at least two times a year.

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