The FPD's canine handlers are certified with their dogs through the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDDA). Corporal Kevin Carroll and his canine placed fourth among eighty-seven teams competing in the NNDDA competition held in Vicksburg, Mississippi earlier this month.
Each year, during the organization's national training conference, a competition is held. The handlers and their canines are given a set amount of time to locate hidden narcotics. The handler and canine must work together as a team to successfully complete the challenge.
The handlers assessed their dogs' reactions to the odor of hidden narcotics. When the canines found the narcotics, the handlers had to correctly interpret their dogs' reaction to the presence of the narcotics.
The handler and canine teams were then ranked based on the number of hidden drugs they found in the shortest amount of time.
These awards are highly coveted and are difficult to earn. This is the second year in a row that Corporal Carroll and canine Blecky placed in the top ten. Last year, the team placed seventh during competition.
Corporal Carroll is a ten year veteran of the Fayetteville Police Department and has been a canine handler for six years with Blecky who is a seven year old German Shepard.