Photo/Story Gallery 2010

K-9 Handlers Graduate from Training

Col. Czernis presents Trooper Ivey with his certificatesTroopers Van Leer, Aguila, Pearce and, IveyThe Florida Highway Patrol’s K-9 Academy recently completed their Drug Detection Academy, in Tallahassee. The teams began their training on April 11, 2010 and concluded on June 10, 2010 when FHP Director Col. John Czernis presented each handler with a certificate of completion.

The K-9 Drug Detection Training School is a rigorous 320 hours of instruction and performance under the supervision, guidance, and instruction of FHP’s statewide instructor and evaluator Trooper Michael Van Leer.

While at the academy, the teams conducted more than 500 training searches on various vehicles, vessels, tractor trailers and buildings. The teams successfully passed the International Forensic Research Institute proficiency exam and are ready to hit the highways.

The graduating teams were:

Trooper Sergio Pearce/K-9 Rival
Trooper Robert Ivey/K-9 Piko
Trooper Chris Aguila/K-9 Boss

Pictured above: left, Col. Czernis presents Trooper Ivey with his certificates; right, Troopers Van Leer, Aguila, Pearce and, Ivey