The Yavapai College Prescott campus population will swell by about 200 law enforcement officers next week, half of them of the four-legged variety.
Police officers and their K-9 partners will participate in the 24th annual Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association (ALECA) Survival Seminar July 18 through July 21. YC is a first-time host of the seminar, which provides K-9 units from every law enforcement agency in Arizona with necessary training and required annual recertification testing.
The YC Prescott campus is an ideal location for the K-9 training, said Dan Smith, a K-9 officer with the Prescott Police Department who is helping organize the ALECA seminar. “I’m looking forward to having a good four days of training.”
Both ALECA and the Yavapai College Police Department want the community to be aware of the influx next week of law enforcement on the college campus and in the community. Area residents may see convoys of law enforcement vehicles going to and from the YC campus on Sheldon Street, Smith said. “We don’t want folks to be alarmed or worried there is something wrong,” he said.
Additionally, YC Police and seminar organizers remind area residents if they encounter a K-9 unit in the Prescott area during the seminar to refrain from approaching them. Some K-9s are not approachable, because of the nature of their jobs, Smith said. He cited military and prison K-9s as examples of K-9 officers that are not trained to socialize with people.
Although area residents are asked to avoid interacting with visiting K-9 units, they are invited to a free public demonstration of their abilities. A number of the ALECA seminar trainees will be on hand for the demonstration at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 820 Rodeo Drive, Prescott. “It’s a fun time out there demonstrating and showcasing the dogs’ talents,” Smith said.
Yavapai College, which opened in 1969, provides quality higher learning, cultural resources and economic development support for the diverse populations of Yavapai County. The College offers a wide range of academic programs to students at the College’s facilities in Prescott, Clarkdale (the Verde Valley Campus), Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Sedona and the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) near the Prescott Airport.