Moraine Park News Service

Moraine Park Technical College’s Corrections Club will be hosting the Milwaukee House of Correction K-9 Unit on Monday, April 25.

The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus cafeteria and give attendees a look at the highly skilled K-9 operations used in the criminal justice field.

“This presentation will be an exciting opportunity – both for the public to learn more about the amazing work K-9 units do and also for our current or future Criminal Justice-Corrections program students to have an up-close look at the diversity of options this career field can offer,” said Joan Barfield, Moraine Park corrections science instructor.

Milwaukee’s K-9 unit consists of 11 teams that provide safety and security within a 1,500-bed direct supervision correctional facility. Besides the duties, the teams perform inside the House of Correction, the unit provides mutual aid to other agencies throughout the state and public demonstration to a variety of different audiences.

The upcoming demonstration hosted by Moraine Park’s Corrections Club will feature speakers Jose Hernandez, Jason Laird, Jeremie Gainer and Cheryl Schattschneider.

Portions of the presentation will focus on the history of the K-9 unit, why German Shepherds are used and what the unit’s role is within a jail, among other topics. The unit will also be doing several demos, including narcotics, cell phones and bite work.

All of the Milwaukee House of Correction’s K-9s are imported German Shepherds that are certified in dual purpose work, patrol and narcotics. The unit also has a K-9 that can detect cell phones and one that can detect firearms.   In March, a K-9 certified in sniffing people was also added. There are two certified K-9 instructors, a full team of decoys and a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Narcotics License, with the group offering training to agencies within the Milwaukee/Waukesha/Racine areas.

For more information on Moraine Park’s Criminal Justice-Corrections program, visit morainepark.edu/programs.

The Criminal Justice-Corrections program is an accredited two-year associate of applied science degree program that prepares students for positions in a variety of corrections careers ranging from least restrictive settings, such as group homes, to highly restrictive maximum-security prisons.

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