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Utah K9 and handler receive specialized training on following scent trail

Posted at 8:35 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 22:35:09-05

CENTERVILLE, Utah — K9 Sophie and her handler, Officer Jason Shields from the Centerville Police Department are receiving specialized training on how to trail a person's scent.

Sophie is a Blood Hound, which is a breed known for their ability to follow a scent trail.

Two Blood Hound training experts from "Northeastern Houndsmen" are instructing the training, which was made possible by a grant from Walmart.

The Department believes that with the training, Sophie will be especially helpful in finding lost children, at-risk adults and criminals.

In a recent training session, Chief Child, the Chief of Police with the Centerville Police Department participated by "laying down" a trail and hiding in a thicket. Sophie led her handler right to him.

Officials hope that the training will help the Centerville community as well as other communities in Utah.