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MCIPAC PMO’s K-9 holds K-9 demonstration for OPP

By Lance Cpl. Tayler Schwamb, Marine Corps Installations Pacific

Sgt. David McCarty explains the different training during a K-9 demonstration for the Okinawa Prefectural Police.
MCIPAC PMO’s K-9 holds K-9 demonstration for OPP
KADENA AIR BASE, OKINAWA, Japan – Sgt. David McCarty explains the different training during a K-9 demonstration for the Okinawa Prefectural Police at the Kadena Passenger Terminal on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. This was the first K-9 demonstration Marine Corps Installations Pacific K-9 held for OPP’s K-9. OPP’s K-9 unit is currently trained in tracking; however, in 2017 and 2018, they are looking to introduce narcotics and aggression capabilities. McCarty is a military police officer and a dog handler with Provost Marshall’s Office, Headquarters and Support Battalion, MCIPAC- Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan. (U.S Marine photo by Lance Corporal Tayler P. Schwamb)
The Okinawa Prefectural Police watches as Cpl. Maximilian Belcaro and Military Working Dog Dak conduct narcotics training.
MCIPAC PMO’s K-9 holds K-9 demonstration for OPP
KADENA AIR BASE, OKINAWA, Japan – The Okinawa Prefectural Police watches as Cpl. Maximilian Belcaro and Military Working Dog Dak conduct narcotics training during a K-9 demonstration at the Kadena Passenger Terminal on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. This was the first K-9 demonstration Marine Corps Installations Pacific K-9 held for OPP’s K-9. OPP’s K-9 unit is currently trained in tracking, but they are looking to introduce narcotics and aggression capabilities. Belcaro is a military police officer and dog handler with Provost Marshall’s Office, Headquarters and Support Battalion, MCIPAC- Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan. (U.S Marine photo by Lance Corporal Tayler P. Schwamb)
Lance Cpl. Garrett Impola shows control of his dog during a K-9 aggression demonstration.
MCIPAC PMO’s K-9 holds K-9 demonstration for OPP
KADENA AIR BASE, OKINAWA, Japan – Lance Cpl. Garrett Impola shows control of his dog during a K-9 aggression demonstration at the Kadena Passenger Terminal on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. This was the first K-9 demonstration Marine Corps Installations Pacific K-9 held for Okinawa Prefectural Police’s K-9. Impola and his Military Working Dog, Rita, ran through different signals and situations Rita is trained for. Impola is a military police officer and dog handler with Headquarters and Support Battalion, MCIPAC- Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan. (U.S Marine photo by Lance Corporal Tayler P. Schwamb)
Okinawa Prefectural Police officers and Marine Corps Installations Pacific Provost Marshall Office’s K-9 poses for a photo after a K-9 demonstration.
MCIPAC PMO’s K-9 holds K-9 demonstration for OPP
KADENA AIR BASE, OKINAWA, Japan – Okinawa Prefectural Police officers and Marine Corps Installations Pacific Provost Marshall Office’s K-9 poses for a photo after a K-9 demonstration at the Kadena Passneger Terminal on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. This was the first K-9 demonstration Marine Corps Installations Pacific K-9 held for OPP’s K-9. OPP’s K-9 unit is currently trained in tracking, but they are looking to introduce narcotics and aggression capabilities. (U.S Marine photo by Lance Corporal Tayler P. Schwamb)
Lance Cpl. Garrett Impola stands guard during a K-9 demonstration.
MCIPAC PMO’s K-9 holds K-9 demonstration for OPP
KADENA AIR BASE, OKINAWA, Japan – Lance Cpl. Garrett Impola stands guard during a K-9 demonstration at the Kadena Passenger Terminal on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. This was the first K-9 demonstration Marine Corps Installations Pacific Provost Marshall Office’s K-9 held for Okinawa Prefectural Police’s K-9. Impola and his Military Working Dog, Rita, demonstrated aggression training during the brief. They ran through different signals and situations Rita is trained for. Impola is a military police officer and dog handler with Headquarters and Support Battalion, MCIPAC- Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan. (U.S Marine photo by Lance Corporal Tayler P. Schwamb)
Lance Cpl. Garrett Impola holds his dog back during a K-9 aggression demonstration.
MCIPAC PMO’s K-9 holds K-9 demonstration for OPP
KADENA AIR BASE, OKINAWA, Japan – Lance Cpl. Garrett Impola holds his dog back during a K-9 aggression demonstration at the Kadena Passenger Terminal on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. This was the first K-9 demonstration Marine Corps Installations Pacific K-9 held for Okinawa Prefectural Police’s K-9. Impola and his Military Working Dog, Rita, ran through different signals and situations Rita is trained for. Impola is a military police officer and a dog handler with Headquarters and Support Battalion, MCIPAC- Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan. (U.S Marine photo by Lance Corporal Tayler P. Schwamb)
KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa, Japan -- style="color: #666666; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px;">Marine Corps Installations Pacific Provost Marshall Office’s K-9 Team held its first demonstration for the Okinawa Prefectural Police K-9 Unit Oct. 20 at the Kadena Passenger Terminal on Kadena Air Base.

MCIPAC PMO’s K-9 Team held this demonstration to showcase the capabilities of their Military Working Dogs to the OPP K-9 Unit, to strengthen their future partnership and to open up training opportunities for both sides. 

The mission of a MWD is to detect and locate controlled substances, explosives and illegal narcotics. Handlers continuously train in different environments with the MWDs to ensure they are both engaged and ready. 

“The demonstration showed two sides of our dual-purpose dogs,” said Sgt. Rosendo Madrigal, a military police officer and dog handler with Headquarters and Support Battalion, MCIPAC-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan. “Our dogs are trained in either narcotics or explosives, as well as aggression. The bilateral training was more of a demonstration for the [OPP].”

There were two portions to the demonstration: the aggression training and the narcotics training. OPP’s K-9 unit is currently only trained in tracking. In 2017 and 2018, they are looking to introduce narcotics and aggression capabilities.

According to Takeshi Amuro, a PMO investigative officer and translator for the demonstration, MCIPAC PMO’s K-9 handlers gave OPP pointers about training their dogs, and describe how PMO’s K-9 trains. This will help them understand how to train their own handler and dog teams.

Takaharu Shimada, the superintendent of OPP, expressed his appreciation for the Marines and his excitement for future training opportunities. 

“Thank you very much for today, it was great training,” said Shimada “This helped us ease our nervousness and we enjoyed coming out today. I’m very impressed by what you have demonstrated. We learned a lot, and hopefully we can continue to learn alongside you in the future. There is no bridge to gap, we are all brothers.”


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