The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was recently recognized nationally in what has become a tradition for the agency when the K-9 Unit placed fourth overall in the United States Police Canine Association National K-9 Field Trials held from October 6-11, 2002, in Plant City.
Four K-9 teams from the PCSO K-9 Unit participated in the competition after qualifying regionally in Sarasota this past summer:
The four K-9 teams were tested individually in field trials of obedience, agility work, search work (searching for humans and evidence recovery), and criminal apprehension (with and without gunfire). The individual scores were then combined to earn the entire unit’s 4th Place team score in the competition, besting over 125 participants from all over the country.
K-9 teams are trained to assist patrol deputies with searching buildings for hidden suspects, tracking/apprehending fleeing suspects, 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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