About two dozen Northfield students in the Bridges Summer Camp watched K9 Huey and his partner-handler, Sgt. Dodge from the Barre Town Police Department. K9 Huey is trained to find missing persons, track criminals, sniff out illegal drugs, and protect his partner when necessary. Huey his own web page and is one of only a small group of K9s in Vermont. Huey and Sgt. Dodge attended the Bridges Summer program by invitation from Officer Dan Withrow from the Northfield Police Department. Officer Dan, a Vermont Police Academy Gaiotti Award recipient, holds a BA in History from Norwich University and served as Deputy Sheriff prior to his placement on the NPD in 2013. Earlier this year he approached staff at the Bridges Afterschool Program with a proposal to hold a one-week Junior Police Academy.
I’ll let Officer Dan explain in his own words:
Huey’s appearance was one component in the week-long session. Officer Dan arranged multiple learning opportunities for students junior-cadets. Bridges Program students learned about firearm safety, civil rights, control-and-restraint maneuvers, fingerprint dusting, and other enforcement practices. Students also participated in mock traffic stops, wore “drunk goggles” to learn about driving under the influence, and watched the Northfield Emergency Services conduct an auto-vehicle extraction using the “jaws of life”