Two local K-9 teams brought home top national honors from the United States Police Canine Association National K-9 Field Trials in August. The Polk County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit placed second in the team competition during the week-long event, and the Lakeland Police Department team placed first in the team competition.
ALERT TO MEDIA: A joint agency recognition ceremony and K-9 demonstration will be held this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001, at 10 a.m. at the Polk County Sheriff's Office training center East of Bartow. The media is encouraged to attend the ceremony/demonstration. Photo/video opportunities of the canines in training will be arranged.
A total of 163 competitors from throughout the country participated in the national competition held Aug. 27-31, 2001, in Minnesota. During the competition, the K-9 teams are tested in areas of obedience, agility, search work, and bite work.
Four Sheriff's Office K-9 handlers participated in the competition:
Deputy Jim Bryan with K-9 "Ruger,"
Four Lakeland Police Department K-9 handlers participated in the competition:
Officer Jeff Barrett with K-9 "Logan,"
K-9 units are trained to assist patrol deputies with searching buildings for hidden suspects, tracking/apprehending fleeing assailants, conducting building searches, searching for lost or missing persons, evidence recovery, narcotic detection, explosive detection, tactical deployments, crowd control and interdiction of illegal narcotics trafficking.
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