Three New K-9s Join TPD

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WHAT: Meet TPD's two new bloodhound puppies, a new Belgian Malinois patrol dog, their handlers and the donors - Camden Property Trust Regional Vice President and Hilary Sessions from the Jimmy Ryce Foundation.
New dogs

WHEN: Tuesday, February 8th, 1 p.m.

WHERE: TPD Headquarters, 411 North Franklin Street, Tampa

Camden Communities and the Jimmy Ryce Foundation have donated the resources to purchase three working dogs for TPD. Camden donated money to purchase "Camden" the Belgian Malinois and the Jimmy Ryce Foundation donated two 12-week old bloodhound puppies - "Ellie Mae" and "Riley." Ellie Mae and Riley are the third and fourth bloodhounds the Jimmy Ryce Foundation have donated to TPD.

About the Dogs

Belgian Malinois, 17 months old
Handler: Corporal M.W. "Wade" Turner
Purpose: Patrol / Explosive Detection
Approximately 700 hours to complete training

Ellie Mae
Blood Hound, 12 weeks old
Handler: MPO Sandy Learned
Purpose: Tracking
Donated by the Jimmy Ryce Foundation

Bloodhound, 12 week old
Handler: MPO Ray Wurst
Purpose: Tracking
Donated by the Jimmy Ryce Foundation

Police K-9s are a tool to detect things and detect people officers would never have a chance of finding on their own because of their keen sense of smell. The Tampa Police Department "employs" 22 police K-9's from six breeds trained in criminal captures, search and rescue, narcotic searches and bomb detection. The dogs go through an initial training program and are recertified each year through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The K-9's are certified either as a dual purpose or single purpose dog. The single purpose dogs have one job; search and rescue, sniffing out drugs or detecting explosives. Dual purpose dogs catch the bad guys and have another job such as searching for explosives or narcotics. Dual purpose dogs are aggressive when catching the bad guy, but they have an "off switch" and they are also part of the handler's family. In fact, the K-9's live with their human partners and when they retire, they spend their golden years relaxing with their handler.

The Tampa Police Departments K-9 Unit is dedicated to the apprehension of criminal suspects. Its handler and dog team search capabilities are a valuable resource to street officers and to the community to which they serve.
On September 11, 1995, 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce was kidnapped at gunpoint from his school bus stop, sodomized, and shot as he was trying to escape. To free more children from the clutches of sexual predators, The Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction was established in June of 1996 in honor of Jimmy and his courage in trying to get home even after hours of pain and humiliation.