Lakeland Police K-9 teams competed in the 2012 United States Police Canine Association Region 1 Field Trials in Gulf Shores, Alabama, the week of February 20-23, 2012. During this event, each K-9 team is judged and scored on their performances in specific areas to show competency as a working police dog team. This method of evaluation has produced a very challenging field of competitive law enforcement officers who vie for ranking and standings as top dog and top K-9 units in Florida, Alabama and parts of Georgia. LPD put together two 4-man teams to compete in this event along with 51 other K-9 teams.
The two Lakeland Police teams took first and second place in 4-man department teams, as well as, taking the honors of having the “Top Dog” at the trial. The dedication and commitment to excellence displayed by the LPD K-9 Unit was unmatched as no other agency in the history of these trials has ever placed 1st and 2nd in the team competition.
Below are all of the placements and awards bestowed on the Lakeland Police K-9 Teams:
Overall: (possible 700 points)
1st Place - Officer Sealey and K-9 “Bruno” - 697.00 (new Region 1 record, old record was 695)
3rd Place - Officer Thompson and K-9 - “Harris” – 688.82
5th Place - Officer Peterman and K-9 - “Charief” – 682.83
7th Place - Officer Bowling and K-9 “Riddick” – 678.49
9th Place - Officer Barrett and K-9 “Echo” – 677.00
12th Place - Officer Bosque and K-9 “Tiberius” – 665.82
13th Place - Officer Manrow and K-9 “Quanto” – 665.33
18th Place - Officer Back and K-9 “Remy” – 649.50
Obedience: (possible 120 points)
Sealey 1st – 119.67
Thompson 4th – 117.83
Agility: (possible 60 points)
Sealey 1st – 60
Bowling 3rd – 59.33
Barrett 4th – 59.17
Peterman 5th – 59.00
Overall search: (boxes and articles combined, possible 180 points)
Peterman 1st – 180
Sealey 4th – 179.33
Criminal Apprehension: (possible 340 points)
Thompson 1st – 338.16
Sealey 2nd – 338.00
Peterman 4th – 336.50
Sealey – The “Ron Bowling “Top Dog” Award
Sealey – The “Fred Wheeler Award for Best Obedience and Bite Work”
LPD K-9 Unit – The “Matt Williams and K-9 Dogi Award”
The Lakeland Police Department is very proud of all the officers who represent our department not only in competitions, but day to day in their regular duties protecting our community. To become this proficient at their jobs at this level requires dedication and commitment to excellence.
GREAT WORK K-9 UNIT!!!!!!!
- posted by Ann Dinges, PIO