FAYETTEVILLE– K-9 officers from across the state were in Fayette county on Thursday for training.
The training is for the West Virginia Police K-9 Association and sponsored by the Fayette County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. K-9 teams worked on skills to help them work better with their k-9 partners, but the main purpose of this event was to create a uniform response across the state for k-9 teams. Sergeant Nick Mooney lead the training and he says there is nothing better than being a k-9 officer.
“I have been a police office for 12 years and a K-9 Officer for 10 years. I honestly don’t know that I would thoroughly enjoy my job like I do if I did not have my K-9 partner,” Mooney said. “It’s is the absolute most rewarding thing I have done in law enforcement work. There is nothing like chasing bad guys through the woods at night with a dog all the way down to doing the demos at church camps and getting to see the relationships a child has with a police officer only because of that K-9 that they see. To them it’s just a pretty dog but that puts us on a one on one level with them and in turn when they grow up they aren’t scared of the police. They know us, they trust us and it could help us out one day.”
Mooney says several of these kinds of trainings are held each year.