Port City police K-9 Officer Scott Pearl and his partner Wess will head to Iowa in the very near future to compete in a United States Police Canine Association national competition.
Having just taken part in a regional competition sanctioned by the USPCA called PD-1′s over the weekend, the pair will now look to compete in Des Moines, Iowa in September 2009.
Pearl and Wess were one of three teams sponsored by the NH Police K-9 Academy and Working Dog Foundation that competed in the regional event. Wolfeboro K-9 officer James O’Brien and his partner Blek, and Methuen, Mass. K-9 officer Jeffrey Torrisi and his partner Dunkin will also accompany the local team to Iowa in the fall.
The competition is part of a general national certification that tests each team’s ability to detect a suspect, apprehend a suspect, and locate a discarded item, such as a ski mask or gun.
Additionally the teams were tested for K-9 obedience and agility.
Pearl and Wess came in first place for the “Team Overall” category, placed second in “Apprehension Novice,” third in “Suspect Search” and “Overall Open” and fourth in “Obedience Open.”
For more information on the New Hampshire Police K-9 Academy and the Working Dog Foundation visit www.workingdog.org or call 603-234-1162.
For information about the United States Police Canine Association visit www.uspcak9.com.