LSU K9s: Certified to Serve
LSU PD hosted the United States Police Canine Association’s Region 10 Field Trials. Two LSU K9s participated in explosive-detection certification.
April 25, 2017
BATON ROUGE – LSU PD hosted and participated in the United States Police Canine Association’s Region 10 Field Trials.
“Our role is to keep the LSU community safe and that’s what we do every day with the sweeps at these events,” said LSU Police Officer Tim Shows.
The trials were held in April and brings together K9 and law enforcement officers from across Louisiana, allowing them the chance to earn or renew their certifications.
“It shows the credibility of our dogs, as well as the handlers, because both of us are judged,” said Captain James Broussard, Commander of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office K9 unit and President of USPCA Region 10.
During the field trials, officers and their K9 counterparts participated in different exercises: obedience, agility, box search and criminal apprehension. LSU PD previously co-hosted the event with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office in 2012.
“It’s very important, obviously in today’s day and age, to have these explosive-detection dogs,” said LSU Police Officer Tim Shows.
Officer Tim Shows has been a police officer with LSU PD for 10 years.
“I grew up in Prairieville about 20 miles east of Baton Rouge and I always wanted to be a police officer.”
He has been working alongside his K9 Laika for three years.
“You have to play with the dog, keep their interest up in their work, and obviously, a lot of patience training K9s. It’s very rewarding at the end of the day and it’s a very fun job to do,” said Officer Shows. “Here at LSU, we have a lot of major events and any event with a sizable crowd, we’ll have an explosive-detection sweep before the event, to clear of any hazards and make it safe for the crowd to come in.”
Officer Shows said he and Laika are always together.
“We work together all day. I’ll take my K9, Laika, home and she’s basically a family pet. She stays at the house with my wife and my child. Just having fun at the house when she’s not working.”
Just like the K9 trials, LSU Police also work daily alongside other law enforcement agencies.
“We get to go out and help other agencies too: State Police, Baton Rouge City, Baton Rouge Parish, they’ll call us for help as well to assist with searches,” said Officer Shows.
Officer Shows said Laika can stay on the police force for as long as she wants.
“The working life of a K9, as long as they’re healthy, they can work 10 years.”
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