Chattanooga police K-9 unit earns Overall Top Dog award at US Police Canine Association's field trials

Chattanooga police K-9 unit earns Overall Top Dog award at US Police Canine Association's field trials

April 18th, 2019 by Rosana Hughes in Breaking News

Chattanooga police officer Lucas Timmons and K-9 Burt earned the Overall Top Dog award at the United States Police Canine Association's Region 22 Field Trials, the department tweeted Thursday. Whitfield County sheriff's deputy Todd Thompson and his K-9 earned the top award for narcotics detection, the tweet states. Both teams train under Chattanooga police's head trainer, Officer Barry Vrandenburg. (Photo from twitter.com/ChattanoogaPD)

Photo by twitter.com/ChattanoogaPD

This story was updated Thursday, April 17, 2019, at 5:06 p.m. with more information.

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Chattanooga police officer Lucas Timmons and K-9 Burt earned the Overall Top Dog award at the United States Police Canine Association's Region 22 Field Trials, the department tweeted Thursday.

Whitfield County, Georgia, sheriff's deputy Todd Thompson and his K-9 Eddy earned the top award for narcotics detection, the tweet states. Both teams train under the Chattanooga Police Department's head trainer, Officer Barry Vrandenburg.

This year's spring trials were held at Finley Stadium this week, and the dogs and their handlers from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama showed off their skills in order to certify for another year of work.

They competed in general patrol dog and narcotic detection categories that tested the dogs' training, behavior and obedience.

In the criminal apprehension competition, dogs and their handlers were evaluated across multiple criteria that included their efficient response to handler commands and the technique of their takedown of a simulated suspect.

"Overall Top Dog" means Officer Timmons and K-9 Burt earned the most points in both patrol dog and narcotics detection categories.

All four Chattanooga police teams earned their certifications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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