Each year K-9 officers and their canines go through a rigorous certification process to make sure their trained K-9s perform as required without a leash, unless they’re tracking. 

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department’s Drug Interdiction Unit traveled with their K-9s to Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department in Murfreesboro recently where they went through the paces and all K-9s passed their tests. Two K-9 Officers, Owen Blackwelder and Justin Gault, have been through the process before and re-certified. K-9 Officer Trent Layman has been working with K-9 Aron since March, and certified for the first time.