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Working the K-9 Unit

Within law enforcement there are several different avenues an officer can take. 

Dr. Bonnie Semora's Introduction to Law Enforcement class explores some of those. Recently a K-9 unit from the Gordon County Sheriff's Office visited to inform students of everything involved in having a dog, Eros, as a partner. How to catch someone transporting drugs, the responsibilities... and the smells... involved in having an animal with you 24/7. 

Dale Pullen, an officer with the Gordon County Sheriff's Office, now works in the schools with his partner. They make sure the Gordon County and Calhoun City schools are free of drugs. 

But before that, Pullen spent many years narrowing in on people transporting drugs on I-75. It was his passion. 

Students heard the ins and outs of patrolling for drugs and working with a K-9. They heard the pros and cons, the successes, and the sometimes scary situations. 

Pullen showed the class what actual drugs - not what's used on TV and in the movies - look like. 

He explained that some drug dealers color their product to make it a recognizable product on the street. 

Pullen answered all questions from those interested in a job in law enforcement, and he encouraged them to continue their education. A degree is not required to become an officer with most agencies, but it is required for advancement. And Pullen believes it will make the officer more well-rounded and better equipped for the job. 

posted 06/28/2016 in Academics



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