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On Sept. 19 and 20, the O.J. Noer Turfgrass Research and Educational Facility and the UW–Madison Police Department’s K-9 unit helped host training sessions for the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Canine Handler Association (WLECHA) annual conference, which provides essential training to police K-9 handlers and their canine partners.

Around 160 police K-9 teams from across Wisconsin traveled to O.J. Noer to complete scenario-based training and odor detection work. The station’s maintenance shop was used for a mock apprehension scenario and the station’s cold storage building was the site of an illegal drug search scenario. OJ. Noer was one of fifteen training sites used for the WLECHA conference.