SYKESVILLE, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police are graduating six detection dogs and their handlers.

After Friday’s graduation ceremony, four of the dogs will work at state police barracks across Maryland.

Two dogs, named Sysco and Kacy, and their handlers have completed 14 weeks of training in narcotic detection school. Two other dogs, Blitz and Ares, and their handlers completed 16 weeks of explosive detection school.

Two bloodhounds, both named Bella, will work for the Prince George’s County Police Department and the Baltimore County Police Department. The dogs and their handlers completed 10 weeks of bloodhound school.

The state police canine unit celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Currently, there are 33 handlers and 41 dogs working throughout the state.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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