K9 units go through trials, certification in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – For some officers, their best partners walk on four legs, and have to meet a rigorous standard of performance.

At UK’s Coldstream Campus, on Tuesday, 30 K9 teams went through trials to be certified in multiple disciplines.

Jason Thomas, with the NSPCA, says the trials include certification in “Obedience, agility, suspect search, evidence search, criminal apprehension, and criminal apprehension with gunfire. For example, the agility course, there’s one hurdle that simulates a fence. Everything simulates a street situation.”

K9 trials, certification

The certification trials happen once a year after a series of classes.

Teams came to participate in the trials from across Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.

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