Pendleton District Gets Two New K-9 Units

Pendleton – Pendleton Troopers Richard Clay and Thomas Ratliff graduated from a different type of academy today.  Clay and Ratliff graduated from the Indiana State Police K-9 Training School with their new partners. The graduation ceremony was held in Indianapolis at the Indiana State Police Museum.

The school was 12 weeks long and consisted of daily training on drug recognition, tracking, building searches, article searches, obedience, and handler protection.  It was taught by State Police Master Trainer Sergeant Dennis Wade, Master Trooper Kevin Waters, Master Trooper Mick Dockery, and Master Trooper Chris Richey.

The K-9’s came to ISP untrained, but now can detect drugs like Heroin, Marijuana, Cocaine and Meth as well as a variety of other drugs.  They are also trained in tracking and apprehension. Trooper Clay’s new partner is “Yana,” and Ratliff’s new partner is “Tora.”

The Belgian Malinois were from Europe originally and were purchased from Vohne Liche Kennels near Peru, Indiana. The Pendleton District now has three K-9 units

Pendleton District Gets Two New K-9 Units

PHOTO-L-R- K-9 Tora, Trooper Thomas Ratliff, Pendleton Lieutenant Tony Delello, Trooper Rich Clay and K-9 Yana

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