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Law Dogs Challenge draws a crowd
Law Dogs Challenge draws a crowd

Despite the heat, more than 1,000 spectators turned out June 15 to watch West Sac Police Department K9s and others from throughout the region participate in a SWAT demonstration as part of Law Dogs Challenge 2013.

The Challenge, staged on the softball fields at West Sac's River City High School, is both a training exercise and fundraiser, said West Sac PD K9 Officer Roger Kinney. The nearly $4,000 raised by this year's event helps pay medical expenses for retired dogs, he said, as well as the costs of training and equipment not in the police department's budget.

The first day of the two day Challenge, June 14, demonstrated dogs' ability to sniff out narcotics. (Some police K9s are trained to sniff out bombs and are called in to 'sweep' buildings in Sacramento when dignitaries visit.)

Dogs like Kinney's partner 'Zar' also demonstrated how agile they are, and fast. Kinney and Zar are consistent first place finishers in agility competitions at assorted K9 Trials around the region.

For the SWAT demonstration (see video), Kinney said, "We practiced the scenario for several months. It was a scenario in which an officer stops a vehicle, the occupants of the vehicle begin shooting at the officer. She returns fire and then the SWAT team happens to be around the corner and responds to assist. The SWAT team throws out some flash bang distraction grenades. They rescue the officer and then the suspects run from the vehicle and both are apprehended by a police K9. The SWAT operators move forward and arrest both suspects."

Missed this opportunity to watch K9 officers in action? You'll get another chance in August when K9 teams will demonstrate their crime fighting skills at the Yolo County Fair in Woodland.

For details, e-mail Kinney at Roger@cityofwestsacramento.org or visit Facebook West Sacramento K9 Association



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