K9 regional police units highlighted in statewide trials

The association’s Region 6, which covers Pennsylvania, recently hosted its Police Dog 1 Field Trials in Montgomery Township, an event co-hosted by the Montgomery Township and Horsham Township Police Department.

The participating K9 unit teams were tried in several areas, including agility, obedience, evidence seeking, suspect hunting and criminal apprehension, according to the Township of Cheltenham Police Department, including three of its K9 teams have obtained USPCA PD-1 certification, according to a social media post.

Cheltenham Police posted on Facebook that its three teams stood out in recent field trials and ended up being recognized for their performance.

Officer Ed Farrell and K9 Dylan, Officer Chad Smith and K9 Tychus, and Officer Nick O’Connor and K9 Dausen all received third place tag team, according to Cheltenham.

Farrell and Dylan also took second place in the novice criminal apprehension part and second place overall in the field trials, while Smith and Tychus placed third in the open agility part, a indicated Cheltenham Police.

“Our K-9 officers are dedicated to their mission, undergo extensive training and constantly strive to bring out the best in their K-9 partners,” the department said.

The Montgomery Township Police Department also took to Facebook to announce that its K9 unit had placed second in the overall field test standings.

“Good job to everyone who participated! The department posted.

The United States Police Canine Association is the largest and oldest such organization in the country, according to its website.

The organization says it trains and certifies police dogs in general use of patrol, tracking, protection, drug and explosives detection, arson, fishing and game, as well as search and rescue since 1971.

The association says its regional and national certifications have been upheld by more than 78 US Supreme Court and federal district court decisions as a “good faith” test for police use over years.

Dogs and their handlers who achieve the highest marks in regional field trials, such as the one held recently in Montgomery County, are invited to attend the annual National Police Dogs Field Trials, where a National Champion is selected, depending on the organization.

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