The Southlake Police Department hosted a 4-day K9 training course at our state-of-the-art DPS North Training facility this week. Officers from eight north Texas cities attended and included one officer from Germany. The course focused on training officers to become “Decoys” for the K9 handlers and their K9 partners.
The officers received hands-on training with one of the best instructors in the United States, Franco Angelini from K9 Bite Dr. Angelini, a former military officer and K9 handler with the U.S. Army, has also trained officers and their K9 partners internationally from England to Australia.
During the 4-day training, each Officer received hands-on instructions on how to properly decoy for the K9 teams so that they are better prepared to react in real-life situations when subduing aggressive and/or violent suspects. The decoys were outfitted in canine bite suits and arm sleeves to experience the strength of the K9’s and how the animal responds to verbal cues. These K9s are a special breed of animal. They are docile when at home with their handler and his family but when it’s time to go to work, their K9 demeanor shifts and they know it’s “go time.”
Southlake K9 Officer Nate Anderson, and his partner Duco, have worked very well together over the past year and a half. The pair have found drugs during numerous traffic stops and assisted in tracking down suspects who have fled officers. Anderson says, “We train for those high stress situations. We want our K9 partners to be as prepared to face dangerous situations as we are. They are also invaluable in helping to get illegal drugs off the streets.” Anderson adds, “The goal is to prepare the K9 for police work and to help build their confidence so they are comfortable in real-life situations.” The K9s are also utilized to assist with locating lost elderly persons or children.
Officers who attended the K9 decoy training included officers from: Carrollton, River Oaks, Mansfield, Watauga, Grand Prairie, three K9 military officers from Oklahoma, and an officer from the British Army. Each officer left with the skills and knowledge necessary to properly decoy for their agency’s K9 Unit(s).
It’s easy to see how K9 Officers and their K9 partners share a special bond that is built on trust and a healthy respect for each other’s capabilities. K9 Officer Nate Anderson and his partner Duco work hard, but they also make time for special community events like National Night Out, coming up on October 1, and visiting area schools. Kids love seeing Duco and Officer Anderson and learning about the work that they do.
To see more pictures and videos of this weeks K9 training, please visit our DPS Facebook page @SouthlakePublicSafety.
The Southlake Police Department wants to make residents aware that it will be conducting an active shooter training exercise at Sabre headquarters in Southlake on Saturday, May 14 and May 21.
The training exercise will take place from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. Residents may see a large contingency of police and SWAT vehicles and ambulances converge on Sabre.
The Southlake Police and Fire Departments frequently hold training exercises such as these to assess our capabilities and readiness to ensure the protection of our citizens.
Police Chief James Brandon says, “Our officers are trained to respond to a threat in any situation. Training exercises like this one provide an excellent opportunity for a mock emergency of this size and scope.”
Please share with your family and friends who live near Sabre to let them know this is a training exercise and there is no cause for alarm. If you have any questions please contact our police department at (817) 748-8239.
Across the Carroll ISD teachers, coaches and administrators took part in a myriad of activities during the district’s Staff Development Day on Monday, Oct. 13. Each CISD campus hosted a series of events ranging from guest speakers and workshops to interactive uses of technology in the classroom.
Teachers at Carroll Elementary School spent the afternoon discussing campus, individual teacher data and areas of strength. The kindergarten through fourth grade teachers also shared lesson strategies and explored using online resources for lesson plans.
Campus safety and security measures were also reviewed among school staff members. Eubanks Intermediate School hosted a Safety Q & A session while Dawson Middle School took part in a walk-through evacuation drill late in the afternoon. Teachers at Rockenbaugh Elementary spent time reviewing the district’s Emergency Operation Plan.
CISD Curriculum Coordinators also hosted sessions for teachers from multiple campuses in an effort to align lessons. Today’s professional development activities also produced a first in the district, the first time all kindergarten through twelfth grade choir teachers took part in an afternoon training session.
While most of the day’s sessions focused on exploring the use of technology to enhance classroom instruction, presentation also showed faculty members how the right online tool can simplify communications and paperwork.
Today was Carroll’s first Staff Development Day since the first day of school. Prior to that, Carroll teachers spent four days during the district’s annual Professional Development week held every year the week before school starts followed by the first Teacher Work Day of the school year that was held on Friday, Aug. 22. The next Teacher Work Day (student holiday) will be Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.
Southlake Tennis Center, one of the premier facility for junior tennis instruction in Dallas Fort Worth, kicks off its junior summer program on June 9 with week-long tennis camps, once-a-week tennis classes and tournament training. Other activities throughout the summer include Saturday Match Days and Future Stars Tournaments. Registration and payment can be done at the pro shop or online at www.SouthlakeTennis.com.
According to Mia Gordon-Poorman, general manager of Southlake Tennis Center, the goal is to provide programs for both recreational and competitive junior players.
“Summer is a time to have fun, and we make sure kids have fun on the courts while also developing basic skills. For our players who compete in tournaments, summer is the time for intensive training,” she says, noting classes follow the USTA High Performance Coaching Program with certified coaches who played college tennis.
Gordon-Poorman added, “Our instructors all played at the Division 1 or 2 college level with most coaching at that collegiate level too.” Owing to their high-level of coaching knowledge and experience, the center uses a team approach. Players are grouped by age/ability. The student-pro ratio is no more than eight students, which ensures individualized attention emphasizing correct technique and match play skills.
Using the USTA QuickStart program for 10 and under players, which uses modified courts, balls and racquets, the junior tennis camps and classes include warm up drills, stroke development, tennis related games and match play. The instructors are all PTR/USPTA certified tennis professionals with specialist certifications in junior development. Players who come to one week of camp are eligible for a 10 percent discount on additional weeks in camp, other summer tennis activities and Pro Shop purchases.
“This program emphasizes good technique and the ability to play points, which develops tennis skills more quickly,” states Director of Tennis Stephen Poorman, noting Southlake Tennis Center was one of the first facilities in Texas to be recognized as a USTA Approved QuickStart Tennis Facility. “The focus is on learning to play the game from an early age, not just instruction.”
Southlake Tennis Center is a public tennis facility owned by the City of Southlake and managed by Stephen Poorman and Mia Gordon-Poorman (Roxy Tennis, LLC). It has 19 lighted hard courts available to rent on an hourly basis. Southlake residents may make reservations to use the courts up to one week in advance. Non-residents can make reservations 48 hours ahead. Court fees are $4.00 per person for residents and $5.00 per person for non-residents for up to 2 hours of court time.
For more information, call 817-421-8605 or go to www.SouthlakeTennis.com.
*Red and Orange Elite levels are for players wanting to enter tournament training or for those players currently in tournament play.
Monthly classes also are available on Saturday for ages 5-16 years old. Click here for schedule.
The advanced player program features two-a-day workouts and is designed to train players for competition in Texas Section ranking tournaments. Known as the Southlake Tennis Academy (STA), training focuses on technique-based drills, court strategy, conditioning, agility/speed training, video analysis and coached match play to further develop players who are actively pursuing tournament level tennis.
First Wave, located at 2717 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 180 was featured in the Local Business Report at the City Council Meeting on April 1, 2014. First Wave is a health and fitness center that focuses on general wellness and endurance athlete development and provides training, recovery, nutrition, and professional consultation.
Watch the video below to learn more about First Wave. For more information call (817) 416-1301 or visit IAmFirstWave.com.
The Local Business Report is presented at the Southlake City Council Meetings on the second Tuesday of every month. This report features Southlake businesses in the area and offers a platform for them to market to customers.
If you are interested in featuring your business in the Local Business Report, please contact the Department of Economic Development at 814-748-8039.
Southlake’s Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce the groundbreaking of our new Southlake Department of Public Safety North Training Facility. The event will be held on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. at White Chapel Boulevard and Dove Road.
The new DPS facility will be nearly 37,000 square feet and will have an indoor firing range; police reporting stations and a ladder company with four firefighters on each shift to cover the North end of Southlake. “The new facility will greatly enhance the response times for Police and Fire Services for the residents in the northern part of the City,” said DPS Director Jim Blagg.
The facility will have a fully staffed fire truck company including firefighters trained in Advanced Life Support which will allow for a faster medical response for the residents in that part of the City.“This facility helps the City keep a promise of enhanced safety and security for our residents,” said City Manager Shana Yelverton. “The vision of the City Council and the Crime Control Prevention District Board will be realized in about 14 months when construction is complete.”
The DPS North Training facility will also be available for use by other local Police and Fire Departments. This will allow for multi-agency training at the indoor gun range. The plans for the new DPS North Training Facility have been years in the making. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the DPS North project in January of 2010 and it was then approved by Southlake Councilmembers in June of 2010.
The DPS North Training Facility will take approximately fourteen months to complete.