Seventy Canine Officers Spend Week In Payson

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Besides the many forest service vehicles in town, residents will see an additional 70 patrol cars from law enforcement agencies throughout the southwest. They are canine officers attending the Payson Police Department's 12th annual canine training seminar.

The four-day training session began Monday and continues through Thursday night. The officers and their four-legged partners will be around the town practicing various scenarios.

Payson Police Sgt. Rod Mamero, the seminar coordinator, said the training is closed to the public.

"We are working with the dogs and using some live munitions," Mamero said. "It's just too dangerous to allow the public to watch."

The training is designed to enhance officer safety and give the dogs and handlers a chance to practice high-risk scenarios with expert handlers from around the state.

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