GRAND MARAIS - Several agencies participated in a "man-tracking" training program recently in Burt Township.
During the course, participants learned tactics and techniques for tracking individuals in a variety of terrain. Skills in man-tracking benefit law enforcement agencies in tracking lost individuals or fugitives.
Alger County Sheriff's Office deputies said the 16-hour training program was brought to Alger County by Eastern Upper Peninsula Search and Rescue. Entities participating included the Delta, Alger and Marquette counties sheriff's offices, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue.
Alger County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Matt Waldron, left, is receiving advice from Andrew Notier in following a recent tracking exercise through a wooded area. As the training sergeant for the sheriff’s office, Waldron will share his newfound skills with the other personnel in the department. (Alger County Sheriff’s Office photo)
Andrew Notier of the American Mantrailing, Police & Work Dog Association in Greencastle, Ind., was the instructor for the program.
"This training was a great opportunity to work with other area agencies, both paid and volunteer," Alger County Sheriff Robert Hughes said. "By fostering these inter-agency relationships, we not only learn from each other, but we also increase our effectiveness while lowering costs to our local communities."
Man tracking courses focus on the skills needed to follow a trail without a dog, using clues in the environment. Hughes said the training is appropriate for search and rescue personnel, K-9 handlers and back-ups, firefighters, police, EMTs and ground search teams.
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