The National Police Bloodhound Association (NPBA) will be returning to Garrett County to host its 2017 40-hour Man-Trailing and Certification course, April 29
th through May 4
th. The host location will be the WISP RESORT for over 40 bloodhounds and Law Enforcement Handlers from all over the United States. The NPBA is proud to have Garrett County's Sheriff Rob Corley as the event's co-host.
Teams will participate in classroom lectures and a minimum of 32 hours of field training taking place at many locations throughout Garrett County including the towns of Oakland, Accident, Grantsville, Friendsville and the state parks of Garrett County. The 40-hour course is an approved licensure and certification course of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Bloodhounds are generally docile and loving and these dogs are not trained for purposes other than to discriminate the scent trailing humans. The general public should be aware the week of the training and the presence many dogs and police units; there is no cause for alarm. The public should also be aware that although questions are welcomed, to refrain from interfering with a hound in harness which indicates the dog is working on a game of "hide and seek"