By Airman 1st Class Lillian Combes
2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs
The police department reached out to the 2nd SFS military working dog teams to assist them with an investigation.
“Our dogs are trained to be detectors,” said Staff Sgt. Brandon Winter, 2nd SFS MWD trainer. “They can detect explosives, narcotics and human scent. They can find people hiding in buildings or the woods. Our dogs are also trained to bite and hold down their opponent.”
As part of the collaboration, the 2nd SFS met with the police department and discussed their training tactics and responsibilities.
“That was the first opportunity to go outside of Barksdale for both me and my dog, it was really cool,” said Staff Sgt. Keola Miller, 2nd SFS MWD handler. “Working with local law enforcement, learning about what they do and building those ties was awesome.”
The teams’ cohesive response resulted in comradery and cooperation.
“We’re all law enforcement,” Winter said. “We all think alike and have that same band of brothers type mentality, so it’s really easy to get along.”
After the collaboration concluded, the teams dispersed and reflected on the positive experience shared between military law enforcement and local law enforcement.
“Their response was tremendous,” said police Sgt. Douglas Brinkley LPD crime against persons specialist. “They were able to get their teams together and to the scene within two hours. They were very professional with their rules of engagements and understanding of what we expected from the dogs. Overall, I was very impressed.”