Foley Police Department Officer Tommy Smith and Officer Daniel Hudson, representing the K-9 Unit, recently visited Mrs. Major’s Leadership classes. This is the 5th straight years Foley officers have been guest speakers for Mrs. Major.
Foley’s K-9 unit has a total of four handlers and four dogs.
- Cpl. Carlos Lizarraga is the K-9 Coordinator and handles K-9 Saban, a 3-year-old Dutch Shepard.
- Ofc. Daniel Hudson is the handler for Titan, a 2-year-old German Shepard.
- Ofc. Curtis Ricks is the handler for Zax, a 1-year-old German Shepard.
- Ofc. Tommy Smith is the handler for Donja, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois.
Officer Smith has nine years of Law Enforcement experience, four years with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and five years with the Foley Police Department. He has been married for 14 years and has two sons and three dogs, including K-9 Donja.
His has received training in JTO( Jail Training Officer), ERT(Emergency Response Team), South Baldwin SRT, Foley Narcotics FIST(Foley Interdiction and Suppression Team) and Foley K-9 Handler.
Officer Hudson had several jobs before arriving at the Foley Police Dept. He was a Sgt. in the U.S. Army Infantry, serving a deployment to Iraq. He worked at the Carrollton Fire Department in Georgia as a firefighter EMT for three years. He worked at Triple Canopy Inc. as a Protective Security Specialist. He was an EMT conducting security details for the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq as well as all U.S. department of State diplomats working out of the US. Embassy in Baghdad.
Officer Hudson joined the Foley Police Department in 2012. He is currently assigned to night shift patrol, the K-9 unit, Special Response Team, and Fugitive Tracking Team.
The Foley Police K-9 unit is tasked with narcotics detection, fugitive tracking and fugitive apprehension.
Currently the Foley Police K-9 unit has three dual purpose canines and one single purpose canine.
- Duel purpose canines include Saban, Titan and Zaks.
- Single purpose canine is Donja.
All Foley police K-9 dogs have the capability to track.
Mrs. Major’s Leadership classes really enjoyed hearing Officer Smith and Officer Hudson explain their professions and seeing them interact with the canines.
We look forward to having the Foley Police officers at Foley High School every semester. We appreciate their time and service.