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Contact:  Lt. Wayne McInnis


Office:    (504) 712-2234

Date:      May 5, 2010




KENNER - The Kenner Police Department, in conjunction with RCTA (Regional Counterdrug Training Academy), is hosting a regional K-9 Training Seminar.

The RCTA, located at the NAS, Meridian, MS, began as a component of the law enforcement agency sponsored, congressionally directed, Gulf States Counterdrug Initiative (GSCI). The purpose of the GSCI was "to identify resources, services, and support that can be legitimately provided by DOD components and agencies to support counterdrug activities along the U.S. southern coastal region." Since the first class began in September 1992, thousands of officers have graduated in over 43 different subjects at the RCTA. The target audience is state, county, and municipal uniformed officers and conventional narcotics investigators.

The training is being held at various locations through out the City of Kenner during Monday May 3, 2010 and Thursday, May 6, 2010. The handlers and their K-9ís represent the St Tammy Parish Sheriffs Office, the St. Charles Parish Sheriffs Office, the St. Johns Parish Sheriffs Office, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office, the Louisiana State Police, the New Orleans Police Department and the Kenner Police Department.

On May 4, 2010 12:12 p.m. while these handlers and their K-9ís were attending the training seminar in Kenner. A call for assistance came out in reference to a Bank Robbery at the Capitol One bank in Edgard, La. The three suspects in the bank robbery were last seen running into a large wooded area located near I-310 and the River Road in St. Charles Parish. The K-9 training seminar quickly became a responding mobile force of 14 K-9ís and their handlers. The ability of so many trained K-9 dogs and handlers to respond to one location was the demise for these 3 bank robbers. The K-9 dogs were able to track and located all 3 of the suspects. A feat that would have been impossible if so many K-9ís and their handlers were not in the same place and so near to the scene.