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Jerome Police Name New Drug Detection Team
Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Jerome’s new drug detection team have actually been working for the department for some time now but were recently teamed together. Police officer Jason Summers has recently completed training in Utah to work with Biz, a drug detection dog. Officer Summers has been working for the department since 2011. Biz was obtained by the Jerome Police in 2012 working with another handler. Late last year, that officer left to work for another agency. Officer Summers was selected to work with Biz. Though Biz was an experienced drug detection dog, Officer Summers was not an experienced handler and new handlers must undergo a minimum of 160 hours of training before becoming detection certified.
In order to meet training requirements and develop the officer and canine into a team, Officer Summers and Biz attended the Detector Dog Course at the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy. The detector course is an intense 8 week class that uses reality-based training to prepare the dog/handler team for the conditions they will experience on the street. Officer Summers and Biz successfully graduated from the course on March 6, 2014. Upon returning to Jerome, the new team completed another rigorous testing process to become certified in Idaho. The pair are now actively patrolling the streets of Jerome as a fully trained team. On their first night of patrol, Biz alerted on a ½ ounce of methamphetamine which resulted in an arrest. Officer Summers and Biz are a valuable resource helping promote a safe living environment within the Jerome community.
The City has had a K-9 program for over ten years and has had three K-9 dogs serve the community during that time period. Previous detection dogs included Buster, a Chocolate Labrador and Kenzo, a Belgian Malinois/Dutch Shepard cross. Biz is of Belgian Malinois breed. The K-9 program is common practice in Idaho. In Jerome, the K-9 team is trained in drug detection.