Meet Sussex County K9 Officer Nutmeg – The Bloodhound with National Man-Trailing Certification

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Sussex County Sheriff Michael F. Strada is pleased to announce that during the last week of April 2021, K9 Nutmeg and her handler Sussex County Sheriff’s Office Detective Cathy Young attended the National Police Bloodhound Association's Spring Seminar in McHenry, Maryland.



This 40-hour block of instruction included one day of classroom refresher courses for the handler and 4 days of paws-on-the-pavement trailing work for the K9s.

K9 Nutmeg In1With the help and oversight of the expert NPBA instructors, K9 teams were tested on a variety of different surfaces, terrains, and aged trails. K9 Nutmeg approached her training with her best paw forward, making easy work of a 24+ hour-old trail and even running the entirety of an over 1-mile long trail. With her hard work and endless drive, K9 Nutmeg made it smooth sailing to achieving her 2nd national man-trailing certification.

Sheriff Strada said, “K9 Nutmeg and Detective Young continue to be an asset to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office.  I couldn’t be prouder of their hard work and continued success, both with their training and their work in the field here in Sussex County.”

More About National Police Bloodhound Association:

The National Police Bloodhound Association is the oldest organization of its kind. Law Enforcement officers from across the country and around the world turn to the NPBA for their long-standing dedication to the advancement of Bloodhounds for mantrailing.

NPBA Trainers combine years of experience in the field to train new, and veteran, handlers and their K-9 partners. NPBA offers training both in the field as well as in the classroom. In the classroom, officers are kept up-to-date on case law, expert testimony in the courtroom, exposure to technology & equipment, and advise from Veterinarians for the best care of their partners.


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