On May 31, Colorado Springs Police Department arrived at Copart Colorado Springs for K-9 unit training. Copart has partnered with CSPD to provide a space for practical field training to officers and K-9 units. Yard 118 supervisor, Karl Noe said, “having CSPD conduct training at the yard allows us to expand our interaction with the police beyond working with them when there is an issue at the yard.”
CSPD officers were able to train the K-9s in a real-world setting. They were given a designated training area where the K-9 officers could practice their skills. This training allows CSPD to keep Colorado Springs safe and drug-free. “The better training they receive, the better they can keep our community safe,” Noe stated, “when they spend more time at our facility, they are getting to know the businesses and the people working in the area. As they patrol, it becomes more about the people here and not just about checking on buildings.”
Not only has this partnership strengthened the officers’ skills, but it has also strengthened the relationship between Copart and CSPD. “We’ve been working on this relationship since we opened,” Noe added. Copart Colorado Springs keeps their breakroom doors open to CSPD, giving officers access to restrooms, hot coffee, and bottled water. Yard Supervisor, Noe stated, “we believe having an added police presence throughout the day will deter crime, not only at the yard, but in the neighborhood as well.”
CSPD has asked to host weekly training sessions for the department. Copart Colorado Springs is happy to provide their facility to an organization that does so much for their community. “We are really looking forward to our new relationship with the CSPD and see great things coming in the future,” said Noe.
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