K-9 Endeavor: Officers Demonstrate Skills for Elementary Students
DVIDS | Feb 19 2015
BARSTOW, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2015) – Officers with the Marine Corps Police Department aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow conducted K-9 demonstrations for kindergartners, first-graders and staff at Endeavor Elementary School, Feb. 4. The demonstration was a follow-up to a Haiku Deck digital presentation about K-9 officer teams which was created by seven-year-old Logan Witcher, a student at the school and the son of MCPD Lt Justin Witcher, accident investigations chief at MCLB Barstow. Haiku Deck is a new website and software which EES uses to help children create presentations similar to PowerPoint.
As part of the demonstration, Witcher role-played as a suspect, donned a 35-pound bite suit and hid in a shed in order for Sgt. Steven Goss, K-9 trainer at MCLB Barstow and K-9 Hokey to find and apprehend him in front of the children.
Later, Logan and his five-year-old sister Ryley, also a student at EES, were able to try on portions of the training suit to get a feel for what it might be like to take part in the training. Lt. Robert R. Ortiz, MCLB Barstow's kennel master and K-9 Ricsi demonstrated how K-9 teams detect things and explained that the teams specialize in types of detection, such as explosives or narcotics. The officers further demonstrated why canine prey drive is so crucial in the training and reward process by presenting Ricsi with a red kong toy after successfully finding hidden narcotics.
Ricsi, shaking with excitement, pounced on the kong, only reluctantly returning it to Ortiz at the end of the event.
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