Searching for drugs can get tricky for law enforcement officers, but with the assistance of a K9 officer narcotics can be found regardless of the hiding place.

On Friday, K9 officers and their partners were at the Laviana Plaza for training.

K9 officers from Alice and Beeville Police Departments, Jim Wells County Sheriff's Office and the Glossbrenner Unit searched for narcotics inside the building's old emergency room wing.

This training also gave the K9 handlers a chance to connect with each other sharing experiences and what works best for their K9 officer.

Dogs have been used by law enforcement agencies for more than 100 years. In the 1970’s the use of dogs in law enforcement took a foothold in the United States, according to Dogs for Law Enforcement.

K9 officers are considered a part of the police force with their own badges. The K9 officer is housed with their handler.