Friday, April 11, 2014

K-9 Narcotics Detection Training School Graduation Ceremony

Capt. Charles Guddemi,  Giorgi Petriashvili,  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Carol Z. Perez, Giorgi Mikiashvili Ambassador H.E. Archil Gegeshidze, Aleksandre Jikidze,  Acting Assistant Chief Patrick Smith, Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Sgt. Jeffrey Quinn, Lado Berianidze and Officer Jeffrey Daugherty.
The United States Park Police (USPP) hosted a K-9 narcotics detection training school graduation ceremony for five law enforcement officers from the country of Georgia on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the United States Park Police Anacostia Operating Facility.

The U.S. Park Police has worked with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs since 2012 on international law enforcement exchanges. Following an assessment of the law enforcement canine programs in Georgia that focused on aspects of training and the use of narcotics detection canine assets, the USPP developed a training program with the Department of State and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Customs Service of Georgia.

The USPP narcotics detection canine unit began in the mid-1970s, and is an established and professional police program. The Department of State requested USPP officers to participate in the development of canine units in Eastern Europe on the management of canine facilities,training and handling of canines, and transportation. In preparation for training with the USPP, INL worked with the Georgian government to prepare the agencies to accept a fully trained canine task force.

During the last eight weeks, the USPP’s relationship with Georgian law enforcement officers has grown, and the graduation of five Georgian law enforcement officers is the first milestone event in the training program. The program aimes to improve the ability of law enforcement units in Georgia to combat the trafficking of illicit drugs and develop cases against drug trafficking organizations.

This project is designed to establish a joint narcotics detection canine unit within the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Customs Service of Georgia. Next steps for the project entail deployment and management of the dogs and officers in Georgia at key locations to search for narcotics, such as the Tbilisi International Airport Narcotics Interdiction Unit.