June 5, 2024

MEDIA ADVISORY: Wayne State Police and Wolverine State Search and Recovery providing urban K9 search and rescue training in Detroit

Who: The Wayne State University Police Department’s K9 unit and Wolverine State Search and Recovery  

What: Wayne State University and Wolverine State Search and Recovery are joining forces to provide a three-day urban trailing seminar focused on training and certifying K9 search and rescue teams in Michigan, with a focus on urban environments. Media are invited to observe, record and cover the K9 training activities. 

When: June 13-15, 2024, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

Where: The seminar will include 16 K9 handlers and may certify up to five teams. Training will occur in various locations throughout Detroit. Morning briefings will take place at the WSUPD headquarters, located at 6050 Cass Avenue, Detroit. For specific locations and times, please contact Casandra Ulbrich with Wolverine State Search and Recovery at 586-322-0919.  

Why: Certified K9 teams are used to assist law enforcement in locating missing persons.  

About Wayne State University Police Department 

Founded in 1966, the Wayne State University Police Department (WSUPD) serves one of Michigan's most diverse and exciting college campuses. Employing a community-focused approach to policing, officers patrol 24/7 and collaborate with Warriors to improve the quality of life on campus and throughout Midtown. Each officer is state certified and undergoes intensive training before and throughout their career. The WSUPD's work has created one of the nation's 50 safest college campus, resulted in an emergency response time of 90 seconds and been recognized by the New York Times for its role in Detroit's resurgence. 

About Wolverine State Search and Recovery 

Based in Southeast Michigan, Wolverine State Search and Recovery (WSSAR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides missing person search and rescue/recovery services to law enforcement agencies. This all-volunteer group of experienced K9 teams specializes in scent-specific trailing and Human Remains Detection (HRD). WSSAR handlers and their K9s have participated in missing person searches in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.   



Matt Lockwood
Phone: 248-622-8060
Email: mlockwood@wayne.edu

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