Police Canines Train In Payson This Week

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Police officers had just received a call where they could hear a man screaming with gunshots being fired in the background. When officers arrived with their police canine, they saw a man had been shot and was down. Then they saw a man firing a gun toward them.

This was one of the simulated exercises that took place Wednesday night in the annual K-9 certification that has taken place in Payson for the past 14 years.

Close to 100 police dogs from around Arizona came to Payson this week to participate in simulations and other training. Officers had to judge the circumstances before deciding how to employ the police canine if it was at all possible.

John Farnsworth of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department said what they were doing was providing training on things that could occur out in the field.

Payson Police Sgt. Rod Mamero said there were two days of certification training and two days of scenario-based training this week for the police canines who came to Payson from around Arizona.

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