"We're putting together a live exercise of an escaped person," says K-9 Officer Michael Logue.
An officer barricaded himself inside acres of thick grass and rows of corn stalks more than five feet tall. The scenario gave these K-9 officers the feel of a real-life situation. Law enforcement officers from South Georgia and West Florida took part in the intense, three hour "mock run."
In the end, officers were pretty successful in finding "the bad guy," but they didn't do it alone. K-9's and helicopters all aided in their efforts.
Law enforcement says with the naked eye, they can spot a criminal several hundred feet in the air.
In a case like this, dogs are an officer's best friends, but a suspect's worst nightmare. Trainers say the dogs can pick up scents from hundreds of feet away. They're used by law enforcement to create a probable cause and still uphold someone's constitutional rights.
"Say narcotics is in a vehicle and you stop that vehicle and you think narcotics is in there, you can bring that dog to do a perimeter check," says K-9 Trainer Al McDearmid.
Officers say one K-9 can cost more than $15,000. That includes the cost of training and necessary equipment.
The cost of the K-9s may be steep, but officers say they help save many lives.
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