Sheriff’s Police Service Dogs “Re-Certify” with High Scores
On Sunday, November 6th, 2016, Sheriff’s Office Police Service Dogs “re-certified” as patrol dogs under the auspices of the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), Region 19. The USPCA is the largest, oldest and most recognized police dog certifying authority in North America. Typically the dogs certify annually under the USPCA as patrol, tracking and detection dogs, and every two (2) years under the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers for the same disciplines. The dogs also compete for civilian obedience and other titles.
K9 Argo achieved the highest regional score in both obedience and agility. K9 Fred received the highest regional score in the suspect search exercise. Although the agency does not typically travel and compete nationally, all three (3) dogs that engaged in the certification process scored high enough to be allowed into national level competition under the USPCA.
Our police service dog teams spend considerable effort to assure that they have strong fundamental and tactical skills to be applied in their service to our many Washtenaw County Communities. Congratulations to Deputy Houk and K9 Argo, Deputy Urban and K9 Fred, and Corporal Visel and K9 Bady for the quality of their effort and accomplishment during this recent annual certification process.