Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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County Sheriff's Office K-9 Team Places Second
In State At USPCA Trials
Six members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit
participated in the United States Police Canine Association Region One Trials held in Daytona Beach
last week. The unit members representing the Sheriff's Office included Deputy Sheriff Herb Bennet and K-9
Cezar, Deputy Sheriff Jim Bryan and K-9 Ruger, Deputy Sheriff Tonya Bussiere and K-9 Maros, Deputy Sheriff, Deanna
Warren and K-9 Jerry Lee, Detention Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Craig Burke and K-9 Atlas, and Deputy Sheriff Matt
Williams and K-9 Rocky.
The week long competition consisted of several events including obedience, search work, agility, and man work
with and without gunfire. There were 59 handlers from throughout the State of Florida competing in patrol work
and 26 handlers competing in detector work. A four man team consisting of Bryan, Bennett, Bousiere, Williams
and Warren as an alternate placed second overall in team competition against seven other department teams.
All four team members also placed in the top 20 in the
patrol work events. The following team members received awards for their individual performance:
* D/S Jim Bryan and K-9 Ruger placed 20th overall.
* D/S Matt Williams and K-9 Rocky placed 17th overall.
* D/S Herb Bennett and K-9 Cezar placed 14th overall and 3rd in search work and 2nd in detector work.
* D/S Tony Bussiere and K-9 Maros placed 12th overall and 3rd in obedience.
* D/D Sgt. Craig Burke and K-9 Atlas placed 5th overall in detector work.
This performance by the Polk County Sheriff's Office team was the strongest showing ever at a USPCA trial.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office currently has over 20 K-9's in use around the county.