Officer Balch and his partner Cayden

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K-9 Team gets re-certification

Published 4:12pm Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Huntsville Police Department K-9 unit has been re-certified.

Recently, the Huntsville Police Department’s K9 Teams participated in the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Certification Trials which were held March 25, 2012, through March 30, 2012. The USPCA is a national organization of current and retired Canine Handlers from across the nation which sets high standards for police canine teams and hold trials to insure that teams meet those standards. The Trials were held in Guntersville, Alabama hosted by the Guntersville Police Department.

The Huntsville Police Department is a member of USPCA Region 22 which includes Alabama, Georgia, and southern Tennessee. The Patrol Dog (PD 1) Certification events include obedience, agility, evidence search, suspect search, criminal apprehension without gunfire, and criminal apprehension with gunfire. Narcotics Detection Certifications and Explosive Detection Certifications events include vehicle searches, room searches, and parcel searches.

Four Huntsville Police Department K-9 Teams participated in the dual purpose PD1 and Narcotics Detection Certifications, and one Huntsville Police Department team participated in the single purpose Explosives Detection Certification as required by Huntsville Police Department Written Directives. K-9 teams from other departments throughout the region also attained required certifications at the trials.

The following officers and their canine partners attained yearly certifications and awards at the trials:

Officer C. Upton & K-9 Boone PD1 & Narcotics Detection

Officer J. Rucker & K-9 Caesar PD1 & Narcotics Detection

Officer J. Balch & K-9 Cayden PD1 & Narcotics Detection  Won 1st place in the Obedience event and 3rdPlace in the Overall Search which scored the Evidence and Suspect Searches.

Officer C. Schrader & K-9 Axle PD1 & Narcotics Detection won 2nd Place in the Narcotics Detection Vehicle Search

Sergeant J. Huskey & K-9 Isis Explosives Detection won 1st Place in the Explosives Detection Parcel Search and 2nd Place in the Explosives Detection Vehicle Search.

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