12-15-23     Friday News    10 P.M.   E-4

On Wednesday, December 13, Indiana State Police Master Trooper John Wilson graduated from the Indiana State Police K-9 Training School.  Trooper Wilson was joined by his new K-9 partner, “Daisy” at the ceremony held in Indianapolis at the Indiana State Police District 52.

The Indiana State Police K9 School is an annual 12-week school, with over 480 hours of instruction to include obedience, tracking, locating articles of evidence, apprehension of fighting or fleeing suspects, building searches, narcotics detection, and handler protection.  K-9 handlers also receive training in K-9 legal concepts and classes on odor detection theory and tracking situations. Teams train at night and in varying conditions with scenario-based training and problem-solving situations for eight to ten hours a day.

Indiana State Police K-9 breeds include German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Dutch Shepherds, all imported from Europe. The K-9s are certified through the Dogs for Law Enforcement Organization.

Daisy is a Belgian Malinois who is a year and a half old. Wilson is a 16-year veteran of the Indiana State Police.  Daisy and Wilson will patrol throughout the Bremen District made up of Elkhart, St. Joseph, Marshall, and Kosciusko County.