Date: April 26, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Polk County Sheriff's Office K-9 Deputy Herb Bennett And His K-9 "Cezar"  Brought Home Top Honors From A National Competition This Week.

The K-9 pair placed first in the room searches category and fifth overall out of 94 competitors at the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) National Detector Trials held this week (Apr. 22-24, 2002) in Huntsville, Alabama.

The National Detector Trials test the ability of handlers and their K-9 partners in searches of vehicles and rooms for narcotics.

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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