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Indiana State Police K-9 Units Participate in Week Long Training at Muscatatuck


Butlerville – (Jennings County) Indiana State Police K-9 Troopers along with several other K-9 police officers found themselves on an active military base during last week’s International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA) 2012 Training, Tactics and Certification National Conference. The active military base, Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) housed over 100 K-9 officers from around the nation and as far away as Canada. 

The International Police Work Dog Association chose Muscatatuck Urban Training Center for the second year in a row as the location to hold their annual training and certification conference for police canines. The officers and their K-9 partners learn techniques and become certified in tracking, evidence, narcotics and explosives searching. The IPWDA is committed to providing the best training practices and tactics along with certification for the most cost effective measures to their members. I.P.W.D.A. offered training, scenarios based on practical situations that a K-9 officer could encounter in a working environment, along with tactics and certifications.

Training and certification venues are set up all over Muscatatuck using large rubble piles and collapsed buildings for search and recovery training. Buildings that have hidden compartments in them are used for evidence and narcotics searching. The handlers and their K-9 partner’s move from venue to venue in order to learn from the Master Trainers in order to achieve certification or re-certification, proving that they are proficient at their job.

MUTC is a secluded, self contained community, once home to the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center. The 1,000 acre site was turned over to the Indiana National Guard in July of 2005 and since has been continually evolving into a full-immersion contemporary urban training environment.

Those utilizing MUTC have access to a 180 acre reservoir and urban infrastructure consisting of 68 major buildings including a school, hospital, dormitories, light industrial structures, single family type dwellings, a dining facility and administrative buildings totaling approximately 850,000 square feet of floor space. Additionally the training area includes an extensive underground utility tunnel system and over 9 miles of roads and streets.

MUTC is a consortium of governmental, public and private entities that are pooling their unique capabilities in order to provide the most realistic training experience possible. Training that can be tailored to replicate both foreign and domestic scenarios and that can be utilized by various civilian and military organizations. In its first year of operation the facilities at MUTC have been utilized by over 16,000 people from military, government and private agencies and is continually expanding training capabilities for future needs.

Established in the fall of 2005, the Indiana State Police Patrol K-9 program currently has thirty Patrol K-9's and an additional three K-9 teams from the Indiana State Capitol Police. The ISP Patrol K-9’s participate in over thirty-five hundred details annually from vehicle searches, building searches, tracks, assisting other agencies and public appearances.






A veteran Indiana State Police Trooper has been awarded the prestigious Master Trainer Accreditation from the International Police Work Dog Association of Greenwood, Indiana. The IPWDA is an 800 member strong association that focuses on police canine team improvement and standard certification requirements. 

Master Trooper Dennis Wade received his accreditation after successfully passing three written tests, an oral interview, and a unanimous vote from the IPWDA Executive Board. Many hours of study and preparation are required for a candidate to even be considered for an opportunity to be tested and interviewed for this accreditation. The recipients of the Master Trainer Accreditation must also have been a certified police K-9 handler, be in good standing with the IPWDA, have trained with police work dogs for a minimum of six years and hold the certification of a police work dog trainer for a minimum of three years. 

Master Trooper Wade is a 15-year veteran of the Indiana State Police Department and is currently assigned to the ISP Drug Enforcement Section as a Criminal Interdiction Specialist and K-9 Trainer. Wade and his canine partner “Mojo” are responsible for some of the largest seizures in the history of the ISP with over two million dollars in US currency, 100 kilos of Cocaine, and 2000 pounds of Marijuana seized. Master Trooper Wade holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served six years. Wade and his family reside in Hendricks County. 

“The recent promotion of Master Trooper Dennis Wade from Trainer to Master Trainer is a giant step within the Indiana State Police K-9 Program and will be most valuable to our department and the citizens of Indiana.  It is because of his hard work and dedication that Dennis is the first in the history of ISP to become a K-9 Master Trainer”, stated Sergeant Tony Knox, Indiana State Police K-9 Program Coordinator. 

The Indiana State Police currently has 32 dual purpose police work dogs in service and are certified by the International Police Work Dog Association. The ISP will substantially benefit from Wade’s Accreditation because the police K-9 training and certification can now be completed “in-house”.







If you are interested in supporting the Indiana State Police K-9 program you can make donations through the Indiana State Police Alliance Foundation. These donations are tax deductible and 100% of your donation will directly benefit the K-9 program. If a donor has a favorite K-9, the donation may be earmarked for that particular dog. At the present time there are twenty-nine Patrol K-9 Teams in the ISP program with an additional two Patrol K-9 Teams starting training in October 2011. These dedicated dogs and their handlers are spread throughout the state and serve the citizens of Indiana with great committment and professionalism. To make a donation, contact the Indiana State Police Alliance office at 317-636-0929.


Indiana State Police Personnel Honored at Awards Ceremony 

Indianapolis, IN-The Indiana State Police conducted an awards and recognition ceremony recently in Indianapolis. The ceremony honored and recognized acts of service, and sacrifice made by members of the Indiana State Police, military personnel and civilians. 

The event was conceived by Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell, Ph.D., with the first ceremony on February 22, 2006. Superintendent Whitesell felt the need to publicly recognize the achievements, deeds of self sacrifice, and accomplishments that often go without the proper recognition. 

Today’s awards were presented in the following categories: Silver Star Awards, Life Saving Awards, Combat Action Awards, Meritorious Service Awards, and Commendations.

Colonel Rick Weigand welcomed award recipients, their families and friends as they gathered today to recognize acts of service, bravery and sacrifice.

Master Trooper Dennis Wade received the Meritorious Service Award and the Combat Action Award

The Meritorious Service Award is presented to members of the department for distinguished service to the Indiana State Police. 

Master Trooper Dennis Wade was recognized for his dedication to service as a K-9 Interdiction Handler and Instructor with the Indiana State Police during 2010. 

Wade serves as the only K-9 Handler on the Department who is a certified K-9 instructor through the International Police Work Dog Association.  He is responsible for training and certifying 20 K-9 Handlers and their K-9’s in narcotic detection, tracking and apprehension and maintaining certifications.  In addition to his own responsibilities, he is often called upon for his expertise to instruct on interdiction related topics.  

Master Trooper Wade also received the Combat Action Award.

To earn this award the recipient must have performed in an intelligent, courageous, responsible manner involving self sacrifice while at risk that involved elevated circumstances of danger to the officer.  Such actions may occur during a vehicle or foot pursuit, while actively attempting to arrest a suspect, being fired upon or returning fire, or otherwise being attacked with any deadly weapon. 

On the evening of August 24, 2010, Master Trooper Dennis Wade was actively searching for a suspect wanted on a warrant when he approached the potential residential home of the suspect.  On the driveway in front of the open garage of the home Wade saw a man spray painting a motorcycle in the driveway.  

The man provided identification that was later determined to belong to another person.  In fact, this was the suspect he was searching for. 

 Trooper Wade noted the license plate was not properly attached to the motorcycle and when he ran a VIN check of the motorcycle it was determined to be stolen.  

While questioning the suspect about the stolen motorcycle, the man grabbed a handgun from a nearby shelf inside the garage and pointed it at Trooper Wade then fled the residence on foot with Wade giving chase.  The suspect turned and fired an unknown number of shots at Trooper Wade, who in turn returned fire. 

The suspect eventually ran into a residence of uninvolved homeowners who were able to flee their residence unharmed.  Additional officers from the state police and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department arrived at the scene and after lengthy negotiations with a state police hostage negotiator the suspect voluntarily surrendered. 

Neither the suspect nor Trooper Wade was injured in the exchange of gunfire.  Aside from the three active warrants for the arrest of the suspect, he was also charged with Attempted Murder.

Master Trooper Wade is a K-9 trainer for the Indiana State Police K-9 program. He resides in Hendricks County with his wife and four children.



Pendleton Trooper and K-9 Partner Graduate

Indiana State Police Trooper Matt Wilson (Pendleton District) and his K-9 partner Jaxx graduated today after 14-weeks of training at the Allen County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Academy in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Indiana State Police has trained with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Academy since 2005.


During the training course Trooper Wilson and Jaxx were certified in the areas of: obedience control, evidence search, area search, building search, and tracking. The training also included the detection of: marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and ecstasy. Additionally, two troopers and their canines also graduated today.


Sergeant Tony Knox, who serves as the Indiana State Police Canine Coordinator said, “Jaxx, a 5-year old German Sheppard, and Trooper Wilson will join ranks of 28 other state police canine teams”.

Trooper Wilson is a 4-year member of the Indiana State Police and serves as a defensive tactics instructor at the Pendleton District, which serves Delaware, Fayette, Henry, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union and Wayne counties

Police service dogs are utilized in search, and apprehension of criminals who may place citizens or police officers at risk. The dogs are also an effective public relations tool used in disseminating information about the department’s mission, functions, and crime fighting efforts.


In many dangerous situations, the Indiana State Police K-9 can often assume the risk by preventing exposure of a police officer to a violent confrontation. K-9s are trained to detect narcotics and have located thousands of pounds of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and other types of drugs. As of this year, the Indiana State Police K-9 program is responsible for assisting with over one million dollars in drug seizures ($1,086,136.00).


A certified police K-9 costs approximately $17,200.00 to purchase and maintain. This includes the dog, training, kennel, and other important equipment. It is a substantial investment, and the benefit to our communities and businesses are priceless.


The Indiana State Police K-9 program is supported by monetary donations through the Indiana State Police Alliance Foundation. Donations are tax deductible and directly benefit the K-9 program, 100%. These dedicated dogs and their handlers are strategically placed throughout the state, serving the citizens of Indiana with commitment and professionalism.


Donations may be sent to the Indiana State Police Alliance 1415 Shelby Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203. Call 800-382-1104 or visit http://www.indianasfinest.com/ for more information.






State Police K-9 “Kilo” Sniffs Out Wanted Person

Clark County-In the morning hours of today’s date, while conducting a criminal investigation detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg learned that there was a warrant for the arrest of Chad D. Godsea, 38, from Eighth Street in Jeffersonville, IN. The warrant was for a Probation Violation involving Carjacking, a Class B Felony. The warrant had been issued back in September of 2010 and Chad D. Godsea had never been located.

As part of their investigation detectives learned that Chad D. Godsea was staying at a residence on Old Salem Road in Jeffersonville. Troopers, detectives and Indiana State Police K-9, “Kilo” went to the address on Old Salem Road and were allowed into the home to look for Chad D. Godsea. Officers had a very good reason to believe he was inside of the home but they were unable to locate him. Officers then discovered a closet with an attic opening in the top of it. Officers annouced several times for Chad D. Godsea to come out of the attic but he failed to do so. After several more attempts to talk him out of the attic Indiana State Police K-9, “Kilo” was called on for assistance. “Kilo” was placed into the attic of the home and found Chad D. Godsea. When Chad D. Godsea continued refusing to comply with officers demands “Kilo” engaged and captured him. Chad D. Godsea decided at that point to come out of the attic. He was placed under arrest and incarcerated in the Clark County Jail.

Along with the charges on the arrest warrant Chad D. Godsea was also charged with resisting Law Enforcement, A Misdemeanor.

Kilo's handler is Nathan Abbott.





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