Photo/Story Gallery 2005

K-9’s & Handlers Complete Drug School

K-9 Lobo and Trooper Gonzalez demonstrate a vehicle search.Recently, Troopers Brian Martin and Elliot Gonzalez, along with K-9’s Bacar and Lobo graduated from the Florida Highway Patrol’s Drug Detection Academy. Trooper Brian Martin is a 6-year veteran of FHP; his partner K-9 Bacar is a 2-year-old German shepherd. They both finished Patrol Dog School earlier this year in July. Trooper Elliot Gonzalez served with FHP for 5 years before leaving to serve with the U.S. Customs Service on the Southwest border, only to return to FHP once again. His partner K-9 Lobo was born in Hungary on May 23, 2003.

Pictured top left,  K-9 Lobo and Trooper Gonzalez demonstrate a vehicle search, below left, K-9 Bacar and Trooper Brian Martin demonstrate a package search and right, Chief Lee presents graduation diploma to Trooper Elliot Gonzalez.

K-9 Bacar and Trooper Brian Martin demonstrate a package search. Chief Lee presents graduation diploma to Trooper Elliot Gonzalez.The K-9’s and their handlers successfully demonstrated proficiency in a variety of drug detection training specialties, including Point-to-Point Search (objects and boxes), Package Search, Vehicle Search, and Person Search.

Following the training, Chief James Lee, Major Mike Guzman, and Troops K and L command staff were treated to a K-9 Demonstration, followed by an awards ceremony and lunch. The newest graduates will be patrolling Florida’s Turnpike working hard to keep drug traffickers off our roadways.

FHP sends out a special thanks to Miami Subs, FAST, and Duffy’s Sports Grill for sponsoring the luncheon.