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Tampa Bay law enforcement conduct K-9 water training

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Tampa Bay law enforcement conduct K-9 water training at Adventure Island, Tuesday October 15,2013. Tampa Bay law enforcement conduct K-9 water training at Adventure Island, Tuesday October 15,2013.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

When law enforcement is trying to track down a criminal, K-9s can be a valuable tool. Working with their handlers, K-9s have an ability to provide officials with potential leads on where an individual may be.

K-9s are used for a variety of law enforcement purposes. Tracking down missing individuals, searching for a suspect in a crime or helping sniff out drugs, K-9s play a critical role in helping law enforcement.

Water, however, poses a unique challenge for the four-legged crime fighters. With the Tampa Bay area surround by water, lakes, ponds and bodies of water, training and exposing them to water is a critical part of the training process.

On Tuesday, K-9s from more than thirty agencies took part in a water training exercise at Adventure Island.

The goal of the training was to expose the dogs to various water scenarios. Training included pursuing a suspect through the water to following an individual who either enters or leaves a body of water. The main mission of the program is to ensure real-life scenarios don’t place the K-9s in new situations.

Officials from Tampa PD, Clearwater PD, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Air Force were among the agencies that took part in today’s training.

Click on the slideshow at the top of this article to see photos from today’s training.

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