FPD K9 team completes training, earns certification

K9 Officer Bryan McCrory and K9 Omen of the Fayetteville Police Department are pictured with Madison County Deputy Craig Wells after completing an 11-week course at the William C. Wells Training Center. The team is now certified to U.S. Police Canine Association standards as a dual purpose team.

Fayetteville Police Department K9 Officer Bryan McCrory and K9 Omen recently completed their K9 Basic Handler School in Madison County, Ala.

The training was provided by Madison County Sheriff’s K9 trainer Deputy Craig Wells.

K9 Officer McCrory and K9 Omen completed the 11-week course that resulted in the team earning an In-House Certification to United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) standards, allowing them to work as a Dual Purpose K9 Team.

This training and certification tested the team on obedience, agility, evidence search, area search, criminal apprehension, narcotics detection, and tracking.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department provides weekly training to Fayetteville Police Department K9 teams as well as several other agencies’ K9 teams across North Alabama and Southern Tennessee to ensure monthly training hours are met and to prepare the teams for their yearly USPCA certifications.

“The Fayetteville Police Department would like to thank Madison County Deputy Craig Wells for his dedication and time that he spent providing this training to our department,” said Chief Richard Howell.

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