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Maryland State Police welcome new cadaver dog
The Maryland State Police K-9 Unit has welcomed its first human remains detection dog in two decades to their ranks. Skye, a 3-year old springer spaniel, is currently one of only three law enforcement human remains detection dogs in Maryland, according to a news release from the Maryland State Police. She officially began work on Sept. 13 and will be made available to allied Maryland police agencies that may require the services of a cadaver dog. Ron Snyder, public information officer for the MSP Office of Media Communications, said a cadaver dog is brought in when police are searching for a person that is believed to be deceased. “Cadaver dogs are trained differently from search and rescue dogs, which are utilized to find living humans and not detect decomposing flesh,” he said. Skye’s handler is Sgt. Rick Kelly, a 15-year veteran of the K-9 Unit based out of Barrack A Waterloo in Jessup, and she is assigned to the Special Operations Command. According to the release, Skye was donated to the MSP on June 24 and underwent training leading up to her official start this month. Two handlers from the FBI Evidence Response Team Unit, Forensic K9 Consulting — Wynn Warren and Jay Topoleski — trained Skye in the detection of human remains and they were also involved with her MSP training, according to the release. The MSP K-9 Unit has been in operation since 1961, with K-9’s assisting in drug detection, search and rescue, explosive detection and criminal apprehension. Currently the MSP employs 32 handlers and 41 K-9’s throughout the state, according to the release.
North Carolina Highway Patrol graduates 23 new troopers
The State Highway Patrol proudly welcomed 23 new troopers at a graduation ceremony for the 142nd Basic Highway Patrol School Friday, September 22. The celebration ended 15 weeks of extensive academic and physical training. The ceremony was held at the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary at 10 a.m. The oath of office was administered by Justice Michael R. Morgan, Supreme Court of North Carolina. Colonel G. M. McNeill Jr., 27th Commander of the State Highway Patrol provided words of encouragement. “My challenge to you on this day is a charge to be an effective law enforcement leader, to carry out your duty to North Carolina with loyalty, integrity and professionalism,” said Col. Glenn M. McNeill Jr. “Remember what you’ve learned, use good judgment, don’t forget that effective communication is key and always apply ethics to your decision-making process.” The cadets will report to their respective duty stations on Wednesday, October 11th, to begin a rigorous field training program.
Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers to carry Narcan
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and other state law enforcement officers are being trained on how to use an opioid overdose reversal medication. Several troopers, park rangers and conservation agents gathered at MSHP General Headquarters on Aug. 30 for training on how to use Naloxone, also known as Narcan. Every trooper will carry this medication after they complete training on it. “The purpose is to fight opioid overdose and save lives,” said Trooper Nicholas Greiner with MSHP Troop H. Greiner who has been a trooper for ten years and said he never imagined that someday he would have to carry something like Narcan. Patrol superintendent Colonel Sandra Karsten directed the Patrol to prepare to carry and be able to use Narcan. The drug has been stored in ambulances for several years, but Patrol will carry Narcan as a means to bridge the gap from when they arrive until a paramedic does. The medication can be administered in a couple different ways but troopers are being trained on the nasal spray version, which works in 2-5 minutes on average. According to MSHP, this is all a part of the Missouri Hope Project, which was conducted by Missouri’s Department of Mental Health. The project’s goal is “to reduce opioid overdose deaths in Missouri through expanded access to prevention, public awareness, assessment, referral to treatment, overdose education and naloxone for those at risk of experiencing or witnessing an overdose event.” “The project is a response to a nationwide opioid epidemic,” said Greiner. The troopers are trained on how to use the medication, as well as what symptoms to look for. Symptoms include slow breathing, discolored lips and nails, cold and clammy skin and tiny pinpoint pupils. Greiner said he was taught to use CPR first if the subject does not have a pulse. The patrol said Narcan spray is easy to administer and highly effective. On Saturday, a Troop D officer, who had been recently trained, used Narcan on a motorist who had overdosed. It saved the motorist’s life. According to MSHP, in 2016 there were more than 900 deaths in the state that resulted from heroin overdoses.