NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A sergeant with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is now the only certified police K-9 trainer in southeastern North Carolina.
Sgt. J.S. Croom achieved the certification after completing a 10-week, 400-hour training course by Police Service Dogs Inc.
The certification brings training techniques that enforce a reward system in training the K-9s versus the corrective method used in the past.
According to the sheriff's office, having a certified trainer in the office allows for more effective training, cost savings, and the ability to train with other agencies.
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