DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Some international visitors made a trans-Atlantic trip for specialized training in Ohio.
Friday concluded a week of intense human remains detection training led by Ohio Task Force One (OH-TF1) K9 search specialists. It was requested by K9 handlers from the Dutch National Police looking for the realistic simulations not available in the Netherlands.
“We wanted to train here because we can train here on the real human remains and in our country that’s impossible,” explained Inspector Leendert Amersfoort, supervisor for the agency.
Amersfoort brought a group of four canine handlers, their cadaver dogs and and a group of forensic scientists stateside for the week. The team provides human remains detection for their entire country.
“I think it speaks volumes to the effort we put into our training, that we are continually seeking to improve our skills,” said Deana Hudgins, a K9 search specialist for OH-TF1 and the executive director of Ohio Search and Recovery K9s.
The Dutch team connected with Hudgins through referrals when looking for a K9 instructor. She facilitated a contract with the group for several simulations, including diving exercises with Piqua, West Milton and Wright-Patterson Dive Teams.
Hudgins said sharing the training helps build up international relationships.
“If we improve the skill set not only of our dogs, but of dogs across the country and across the world, it benefits all of us,” she said.
Inspector Amersoort added, “You can learn from each other always.”