GREENWICH TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
Kliff was carefully selected and purchased from the Connecticut Canine Services,
who imported Kliff from the Czech Republic,where he was bred from a long line
of working shepherds. Kliff was born in March of 2003, and was not paired up with
Ptlm. Brenner until the age of 13 months. Prior to the selection of Kliff, he
had to go through a very thorough medical exam, and field demonstration where
he showed basic bitework ability, along with retrieve skills. Ptlm. Brenner and
Kliff went through 6 months of training at the Philadelphia Police K-9 Training
Academy which commenced June, 2004. Ptlm. Brenner and Kliff took part in 14 weeks
of Patrol training, and 10 weeks of Narcotics Scent Detection Training.
Canine Deuce is a 19 month dutch shepard flown in from slovakia, where he was given basic training in obedience and criminal apprehension. Deuce along with ptl philip owens attended the atlantic county k-9 patrol academy from january 7th- may 1st of 2009. Patrol school consisted of training in the field of obedience, on and off lead, criminal apprehension, building searches, tracking of suspects, and evidence recovery or article searches. We trained in all types of weather conditions including snow, ice, extreme cold, and high winds. Both ptl owens and deuce will be patroling the streets of east greenwich during the summer and will be returning to the atlantic county academy for narcotic school in september and will graduate from narcotic school in december of 2009.
The Patrol portion of
the canine training consisted of obedience, agility, tracking, article searches,
building searches, criminal apprehension, and handler protection. Upon completion
of this portion of patrol training, Kliff (handled by Ptlm. Brenner) was able
to locate suspects or missing persons through tracking, locate evidence through
article searches, find a hiding suspect inside a building, and can apprehend a
suspect that has committed a felony crime. Kliff is able to complete many of these
tasks on-lead and off-lead using basic obedience commands given by Ptlm. Brenner.
Kliff was trained in agility tasks such as jumping over hurdles and through windows,
climbing ladders and catwalks, and crawling through tunnels and under low lying
areas. This type of training gave Kliff the experience and allows him to adapt
to many obstacles in the field, and getting through rigorous environments and
to places that Ptlm. Brenner cannot.
Narcotics Scent Detection Portion of Kliff's training commenced in October, 2004.
Kliff, while handled by Ptlm. Brenner, was trained and is able to detect 6 different
narcotic odors. The 6 narcotic odors include: Marijuana, Cocaine, Crack, Heroin,
Methamphetamine, and MDMA (ecstacy). Scent detection training took place in various
locations to give the K-9 teams a more realistic training experience. Police Canine's
trained in Scent Detection are typically trained to be either a passive indicator
or an aggressive indicator. A passive indicating dog will "sit" once
the dog has detected the odor of narcotics. Kliff is trained as an aggressive
indicating dog, which means he will scratch and bite at the area where he detects
the odor of narcotics. Ptlm. Brenner and Kliff have conducted over 200 drug searches
in training alone, and continue to conduct several drug searches a week while
being trained at the Philadelphia Police Academy, Kliff resided at the Kennels
on the training site, but since his graduation with Patrolman Brenner, Kliff comes
Home With Ptlm. Brenner after every shift. Kliff has been treated as another officer
of the East Greenwich Police Department, as he has his own badge, badge number,
and bullet proof vest. While on patrol, Kliff is always ready to work when called
upon, but when his shift is over, he also enjoys playing fetch with the ball and
relaxing around the house.