October 15, 2014
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Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) congratulates eight DOC K-9 units for sweeping the single and multi leash divisions in the recent Southern States Manhunt competition. The single leash division consists of one K-9 being utilized to track a suspect in a course, and the multi leash division consists of more than one K-9 being utilized to track a suspect. The teams were ranked by the amount of time that it took to capture the suspect. The teams who placed in the competition include:
Single leash division: 1st place- Jefferson Correctional Institution K-9 Unit, 2nd place- Calhoun Correctional Institution K-9 Unit, 3rd place- Mayo Correctional Institution K-9 Unit, 4th place- Suwannee Correctional Institution K-9 Unit
Multi leash division: 1st place- Wakulla Correctional Institution K-9 Unit, 2nd place- Century Correctional Institution K-9 Unit, 3rd place-Okaloosa Correctional Institution K-9 Unit, 4th place- Liberty Correctional Institution K-9 Unit
The Department’s success can be accredited to the extensive training, skill and dedication of our staff and canines. The Department’s K-9 units are on call 24 hours a day in order to assist when emergency situations arise throughout the state.
Escambia County Road Prison hosted the Southern State Manhunt competition on September 16-19 in Milton, Florida. A total of 29 K-9 teams from Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas participated.
The Florida Department of Corrections has 38 K-9 programs statewide which are used to support law enforcement agencies with felon apprehension, locating missing persons and locating and providing aid to persons in distress. In Fiscal Year 2013-2014, the Department’s K-9 tracking teams were deployed 710 times.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.