Police K-9 Olympics 7-17-10
Edited the handler and leash out in photo shop!!!
A charity event displaying the capabilities of police and corrections officer's K-9 partners. See the state's finest K-9 teams in competition, while helping to raise money for local charities.
The K-9 Olympics is entering its 19th year. The event is a day long competition involving K-9 units from local police departments, CT State Police, and Department of Corrections. Teams are evaluated during a ring competition in an arena style setting. Areas of competition include, but are not limited to, obedience, obstacles, evidence recovery, building search, marksmanship, and an apprehension drill. Also on display are the Connecticut State Police Emergency Services Unit, Trooper 1 Helicopter, Department of Corrections CERT team, narcotic and bomb detection dogs, and a variety of other police and animal related services. Money raised through the sales of shirts and food, and from donations, is returned to local charities. This year money raised will go to the "CHIPS" Program and Shriners Children's Burn Centers.
There are many different kinds of dogs used in police work. They may be trained in tactics or detection.
Patrol dogs protect their human police partners and may be trained to track and/or apprehend suspects. They may be trained to search buildings for suspects. They may work in corrections facilities.
Detector dogs may be trained to search for narcotics, bombs, lost people, accellerants, cadavers, or contraband.
The specific type of work the dog does determines how long training takes.
Training a police canine takes years. Most police departments import their dogs from Europe that have been trained in a sport such as Schutzhund, KNPV, or French Ring. They then modify the training that the dog has already received for street work. A police canine is trained in obedience, bite work, tracking, agility, handler protection, detection (Narcotics, or EOD). A lot goes into the training, most police canines are around - at least 2 years old before the canine is trained enough to hit the street.
For some drug sniffing dogs, you put the drug into a towel that has no scent of it's own, then let the dog sniff the towel, then you hide the towel, then tell the dog to find the towel which you have cleverly hidden with other towels that have other things wrapped up in it. Later you move to different towel, then in a long time, soak the towl in perfume and hide it. After a VERY long training period, your dog will be able to sniff out anything you train him or her to find.
Award winners at the 2010 Connecticut Police K-9 Olympics included:
First Place - Officer Rob Sabourin and Blade, from the state Department of Correction
Second Place - Officer Todd Mona and Primo, from East Hartford.
Third Place - Officer Andre Cox and Kazi, from the DOC.
“Most Experienced Team” - Officer Paul Osella and Benny, from the University of Connecticut.
“Most Experienced Handler” - Officer Dan Murray of the DOC.
“Best Criminal Apprehension” - Officer Tina Mazzoccli and Bobby, of South Windsor.
Officer Shawn Dexter and Triton, of the DOC, were best in the obstacle course.
“Best Tactical Obedience” - Officer Rob Johnson and Dibbs, of Manchester.
“Best Obedience” - Officer Matt Lima and Judge, of Milford.
Posted July 19, 2010