Waxahachie, Texas — September 28, 2012 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) criminal justice department hosted members from the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, the Waxahachie Police Department, and the Texas Department of Public Safety elite K-9 police units on September 27, 2012, for breakout chapel.
Ellis County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael McCorkle spoke to students about the usefulness of police service dogs (PSDs). He explained the processes of selection and training and provided a live demonstration with his PSD Jax.
Deputy McCorkle and PSD Jax have been a team since 2007. Jax, an 80-pound German shepherd, is a dual-purpose canine trained in narcotics and patrol. In March 2012, McCorkle and Jax placed Number 1 in narcotics detection at the United States Police Canine Association Region 20 Trials held in Wylie, Texas. Jax is certified through the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA).
Basic canine training ranges from four to twelve weeks. During this time, canines are trained in obedience, searches, tracking, narcotics, agility, and vehicle pursuits. Canines continue training throughout their service, acquiring at least sixteen hours of training per month.
PSDs are trained to track individuals' scents and the odors of narcotics. A canine indicates the presence of a scent or an odor by scratching, barking or biting. A dog's sense of smell is measured to be 44 times greater than that of a human.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.