Training dogs for the National Guard has been a top priority for former soldier and retired military police officer, Mark Karpinski.
Karpinski, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, has trained over 40,000 dogs in the last two decades for the service.
He said he would love to see more military police dogs train for the Guard, especially those trained to help people.
“I think a lot of them are overtrained, but I think it’s a lot better than being a military police dog,” Karpinks said.
He added that he is currently working with a retired Marine Corps officer who had a dog training program that helped him get his service dog to work in his field.
“You want to know the truth?
It takes a couple of years,” Karsinski said.
“He had to work hard.
He had to learn a whole lot about how to be a military policeman and how to train.
That’s what we need to do.
He worked like hell.”
Training for the Armed ForcesThe service dog program for veterans has received much criticism from some in the community.
A retired Navy veteran who lost a leg during an accident told the Associated Press that he wants military police to be used more often and that they are more prone to abuse.
In 2016, the Service Dog Foundation issued a statement about the need for better training for the military police, saying: “The use of military police for service dogs and other military equipment is an integral part of the military’s war effort.
This includes the support of law enforcement officers and military personnel, as well as support for the canine teams, training and equipment that are required to safely conduct law enforcement duties.”
The foundation also noted that military police officers have been trained to recognize dogs and treat them with respect.
Karsinski, however, believes that training for military police should be done at home, which he says is easier to do with the help of a trained guide.
“The more we can train, the better,” Karminski said, adding that the dogs have helped him “put a lot more smiles on people’s faces.”