Taking a break from hunting down criminals, three of the Modesto Police Department’s K-9s and their officers recently were named Top Dogs in a competition with hundreds of teams.
The Western States Police Canine Association holds the competition multiple times throughout the year to promote professionalism and safety for all police canine teams.
Officers and their dogs completed a series of tasks in the areas of obedience, agility, search and protection, and narcotic detection in South San Francisco.
The competition features real-life scenarios such as when a police officer pulls up to a scene in which a person is being attacked, according to Modesto police Sgt. Rick Armendariz. If the victim and the attacker run in different directions, the dog must know which person to pursue. If the attacker surrenders before the dog reaches him, an officer must be able to call off the K-9 to avoid an unnecessary attack.
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