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Wayne County K9 Unit Gets New Training Equipment

By Sam Miller
The Wayne County Sheriff Department’s K9 unit has new training equipment. The Wayne County Drug Task Force used funds to purchase a full body bite suit and a concealable bite sleeve to help K9 Manfred train. Manfred, a 3-year-old German Shepherd, was originally trained in apprehension with just a sleeve. Acting Chief Deputy Sheriff Ron Kominski, Manfred’s handler, said the full suit provides a wider range of options.

Kominski: "We can do a lot more with the full body suit. You can do running take downs, I can deploy him from the car and not have to worry about the decoy getting bit somewhere other than the sleeve arm. It makes it more versatile for training."

In addition to apprehension, Manfred is trained and certified in drug detection work, obedience, tracking people and discarded items, building searches, and handler protection. He was purchased by the Drug Task Force in 2019 and sworn in as a Sheriff Deputy that year.