Richmond County Sheriff's Office trains K-9's for Super Bowl

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Richmond County Sheriff's Office trains K-9's from all over Georgia, at their training facility in Blythe.

Now the dogs they train are the ones guarding the City of Atlanta for a few days.

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said, "Each unit will be there 8 to 10 days securing different locations and venues in the support role leading up to the Super Bowl."

Sheriff Roundtree says they've been planning for the biggest football game of the year for a long time.

"A lot of people get hyped for the game and Super Bowl Sunday, but this started years ago trying to train for this," said Roundtree.

Part of the training involves using patrol cars; they hide things inside them and the dogs are taught to detect them.

"Ours are for different types of explosives, I can't get into specifics for security reasons, any type of what we consider trace amounts of explosives, firearms," he said.

Depending on what the dogs smell and how they are trained they may react differently.

Roundtree said, "Most of them are trained to be passive cause they are mostly around individuals so they don't want to alarm people, but again some of them because of the higher threat levels some of them are trained to be highly agressive."

Even after the Super Bowl, the training the K-9's received in Richmond County will still pay off.

"We are helping make the communities in Georgia a lot safer by just training them here, not just for that event but for the safety of all citizens in Georgia," said Roundtree.

The Sheriff's Office has two K-9's and their handlers in Atlanta as well as a Crime Support Unit with one of GSP's Aviation Units.