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Is Danvers High's Field Being Used for K-9 Training This Summer?

The question was presented at last week's Board of Selectmen meeting. Find out Police Chief Neil Ouellette's answer.

At last week's Board of Selectmen meeting, Selectman Dan Bennett raised a question he'd received from concerned residents: is 's athletic field going to be used for K-9 training this summer?

While Town Manager Wayne Marquis did not know the definite answer during the meeting, we checked back with him and Police Chief Neil Ouellette for this week's You Ask...Patch Answers. 

Ouellette said the United State Police K-9 Association Region 4 Trials (the dogs' certification competition) was originally scheduled for the weekend of June 22-24 at the North Shore Vocational High School in Middleton. 

When the issue of Danvers Fish and Game Club's shooting ranges impact on the police K-9's was brought forward, a new location was sought, and ultimately Danvers High School was chosen. 

Is it safe? Can the public watch? 

Selectman Bennett raised the concern that these K-9's are still in training; would it be safe for residents who want to see the dogs?

As far as safety measures, Ouellette said, "these are all certified police/military K-9's, being handled by experienced police/military K-9 handlers."

Officer Ellenton advised there will be safety zones which will be roped off, and during the events spectators would not be allowed within those operating areas. 

Danvers Kiwanis has been asked to host a food tent, with proceeds being donated to D.A.R.E. 

Later in the weekend, a second phase of the event will be conducted in the state hopsital fields by Dayton and Gregory Street. 

Have a question about something going on in Danvers? Email molly.buccini@patch.com for our next You Ask...Patch Answers. 

Solo June 13, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Contrary to recent events regarding police dogs in the news. The dogs competing and testing for their PD1 certifications are very well trained in obedience and control. The public will be very impressed by these Dedicated K9 Teams that have been training for this event. It will be a very safe event for everyone. All of the events have judges & stewards on the fields while the dogs are working.

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