K-9 officers, handlers sharpen skills during Racine-area training

The “bad guy” hiding in the trash bin behind Elmwood Plaza Tuesday had no chance of escaping detection and sneaking away later.

Not with these dogs, all excellent K-9 officers. The occasion, which concludes today, is the annual handler/K-9 officer training under the auspices of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Canine Handlers Association. Oconto County Sheriff’s Deputy and K-9 handler Todd Skarban — who is running unopposed for Oconto sheriff next month — said the event, which began Sunday, involves 155 handler/dog teams from law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

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