Keiser University West Palm Beach campus Criminal Justice students recently enjoyed a canine workshop led by Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) Deputy Lewis Ledbetter.
The professional development seminar starring Ledbetter’s canine Tucker included a visual presentation and a working demonstration of how canines are used as valuable tools in locating human remains. The group learned that Tucker and other Human Remains Detection (HRD) dogs assist local and federal law enforcement in the recovery of evidence from disaster areas, on cold cases, during mass casualty events, and throughout investigations involving human death.
Deputy Ledbetter detailed the extensive training needed to become a certified HRD and presented various cases that he and Tucker have overseen, including occasions with buried and surface scattered remains, burned bodies, and bodies recovered from a variety of areas.
“We would like to thank Deputy Ledbetter and canine Tucker for taking time to provide in-depth information about the work the dogs perform and the extensive training involved in preparing them for their assignments,” said Criminal Justice program student Stephanie Valle.