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Canines sniffed, maneuvered and searched their way to top marks Saturday.

To showcase the dogs and their law enforcement handlers, canine associations from the Lindsay and Farmersville police departments hosted the South Valley Canine Trials at the McDermont Field House.

In front of about 100 people, 16 canines and their handlers competed in an obedience and agility course, area search and building search, suspect apprehension and speed race.

“We want the public informed in a controlled environment about what type of training goes into the dogs,” event’s coordinator Lindsay Lt. Bryan Clower said.

The dogs, which live with their respective officers, start getting trained for these types of activities when they are six weeks old.

Officer Aaron Sutherland and his canine Diago represented the Porterville Police Department.

Together since 2006, they have found missing persons, located suspects who have concealed themselves in an area where it is unsafe for officers to enter, and have seized drugs, according to Sgt. Jake Castellow.

“I like to see the dogs go wild, like ‘let me at em!’” said spectator Jacquie Walker, of Lindsay.

Walker was a part of a polite audience that clapped for officers and watched silently as not to interfere with the dogs’ concentrations.

Castellow helped judge the competition, because he evaluates standards for police canines, and certifies them, for several area police agencies.

During the obedience section, the handlers and their K-9 partners performed several motor skills, and in the agility phase the dogs demonstrated their ability to maneuver through, over and under tunnels, raised walking planks, and a teeter-totter.

During the search, the dogs went as fast as they could to locate a man hiding in crates on the indoor soccer field.

An award ceremony took place in the evening to honor winners. The Top Dog award went to Derik Porter and Chucky of the Farmersville Police Department.

The Top Team award went to  Derik Porter and Chucky, Farmersville Police Department, and Brett Barker and Tert, Kern County Probation Department.

To see below for all the winners.

– Contact Jenna Chandler at 784-5000, Ext. 1050, or jchandler@portervillerecorder.com.

Winners:
Agility
1st: Brett Barker and Tert, Kern County Probation Department
2nd: Sgt. Joe Hinojos and Reilly, Lindsay Police Department
3rd: Aaron Sutherland and Diago, Porterville Police Department
4th: Deputy Mike Huddelston and Hondo, Kings Country Sheriff’s Office
5th: Derik Porter and Chucky, Farmersville Police Department

Obedience
1st: Aaron Sutherland and Diago, Porterville Police Department
2nd: Derik Porter and Chucky, Farmersville Police Department
3rd: Brett Barker and Tert, Kern County Probation Department
4th: Sgt. Joe Hinojos and Reilly, Lindsay Police Department
5th: Mike Kendall and Kimo, Lamore Police Department

Area Search
1st: Eddie Alcantar and Reno, Lindsay Police Department
2nd: Mike Kendall and Kimo, Lamore Police Department
3rd: Officer Tyler Brixey and Kosmo, Lindsay Police Department
4th: Officer Geno Garcia and Riddick, Lindsay Police Department
5th: Deputy Carl Bostai and Ricco, Tulare County Police Department

Building Search
1st: Derik Porter and Chucky, Farmersville Police Department
2nd: Officer Tyler Brixey and Kosmo, Lindsay Police Department
3rd: Mike Kendall and Kimo, Lamore Police Department
4th: Aaron Sutherland and Diago, Porterville Police Department
5th: Eddie Alcantar and Reno, Lindsay Police Department

Protection
1st: Derik Porter and Chucky, Farmersville Police Department
2nd: Doug Burch and Kayo, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office
3rd: Brett Barker and Tert, Kern County Probation Department
4th: Aaron Sutherland and Diago, Porterville Police Department
5th: Phil Lozano and Riza, Tulare County Probation Department

Overall: Novice
1st: Officer Geno Garcia and Riddick, Lindsay Police Department
2nd: Phil Lozano and Riza, Tulare County Probation Department
3rd: Eddie Alcantar and Reno, Lindsay Police Department
4th: Mike Connley and Kerra, California Department of Fish and Game
5th: Officer Tyler Brixey and Kosmo, Lindsay Police Department

Overall: Open
1st: Brett Barker and Tert, Kern County Probation Department
2nd: Aaron Sutherland and Diago, Porterville Police Department
3rd: Mike Kendall and Kimo, Lamore Police Department
4th: Mike Huddelston and Hondo, Kings County Sheriff’s Office
5th: Doug Burch and Kayo, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office

Top Team:  Derik Porter and Chucky, Farmersville Police Department; Brett Barker and Tert, Kern County Probation Department

Top Dog Award: Derik Porter and Chucky, Farmersville Police Department

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