RECRUITING TRIP

RECRUITING TRIP

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 6:17 am

RECRUITING TRIP
RECRUITING TRIP — Sue Archer with Pudge-n-Pals works with Mark Smith as they check out one of the animal rescue group’s dogs Monday afternoon in Union City. Mrs. Archer is the president of the animal rescue organization and worked with Smith as he and his partner were on a recruiting trip through the area. Smith was the Jackson Police Department’s first drug dog handler and, along with his drug dog, was responsible for the seizure of nearly a million dollars in cash, vehicles and drugs during a nine-year career with that department. Now, Smith is a dog trainer with Positive Response Canines, a Jackson company that specializes in identifying and training drug detection dogs for law enforcement agencies. Smith and his partner, Mark Robertson, checked out three dogs during their stop in Union City Monday and he said they “definitely” planned to return to look at other dogs in the future. Smith spent 30 years with the Jackson Police Department and had a long and distinguished career as a drug dog handler. He also developed the highly-successful School Bus Interdiction program for the Jackson City School System.

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