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Bollinger Shipyards Donates Obstacle Course For K-9 Training

Bollinger Shipyards Donates Obstacle Course For K-9 Training

Trent Duplantis, with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, leads his dog “Bo” over one of several obstacle courses Friday in Raceland.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has constructed and donated an obstacle course to be utilized for K-9 training that was held Friday, May 3rd, at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Shooting Range Facility on Highway 182 in Raceland.

K-9 deputies were on hand for the unveiling of the equipment and provided a demonstration of the obstacle course for those in attendance.

“As a lifelong resident of Lafourche Parish, I have seen first-hand the improvements in protection and service that Sheriff Webre and his staff have brought to our community,” said Ben Bordelon, Executive Vice-President of Repair for Bollinger Shipyards. “Our company has always had a great working relationship with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, and to be able to contribute to such a specific group like the K-9 Section, is really special to us.”

The obstacles were constructed to simulate circumstances a K-9 unit might encounter. There is a wall which includes a hole simulating a window, a structure with small steps to climb over, and a short, simulated brick wall. There are also fence structures, barrels and other obstacles.

“We extend our sincerest thanks and gratitude to the wonderful staff of Bollinger Shipyards for the construction and donation of this obstacle course,” said Sheriff Webre. “Due the variety of situations for which K-9 units are utilized, proper training is of the utmost importance. This course will help test and maintain each animal’s agility and help to familiarize them with obstacles they will regularly encounter.”

K-9 deputies are utilized for a variety of purposes. They are most often utilized on traffic stops wherein narcotics are suspected to be present inside a vehicle.

They are also sometimes used in high-risk situations where it might not be safe for a deputy to enter.

K-9 units are also used when conducting building searches or when searching for fugitives or missing persons, whether they are believed to be alive or deceased.

Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputies assist every jurisdiction within the parish, and are sometimes called to assist in outside parishes.

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office employs four deputies within the K-9 Section of the Patrol Division. This includes the section supervisor, Sergeant Trent Duplantis, who is a 13-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. Last week, the 17th Judicial District Court recognized Sgt. Duplantis as an expert in the K-9 field.

“Being a K-9 deputy requires an extra level of dedication,” added Sheriff Webre. “They must endure continuous training with their K-9 partner to maintain their sharp skills, and they are often called upon when they are off-duty and in the middle of the night. We appreciate and applaud their commitment to serve.”