After 14 weeks of training, a new team of 10 Maryland State Police K9 officers graduated on Dec. 14. The dogs and their handlers shared the spotlight at a ceremony at the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions facility in Sykesville. The class of 10 includes eight German Shepherds, one Chocolate Labradors Retriever and one Golden Retriever - and is one of the largest canine classes ever to graduate in Maryland. They're all drug dogs, and will conduct drug detection and interdiction work throughout the state - three patrol Interstate 95, two in Centerville are the rest working with the Metro Area Drug Task Force, patrolling the Washington metropolitan area as well as Glen Burnie, Waldorf, Frederick and Salisbury.
Photos by Sarah Patrana