LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — It was a weekend full of competition for K9s across several states during the 31st annual LVMPD K9 Trials competition.
The K-9 Trials are a way for the public to appreciate how dedicated the dogs are to their job, Lt. Jeff Clark with LVMPD’s K-9 section said.
“The mere presence of a K9 officer on scene de-escalates a situation, it gives a bad guy an opportunity to give up because they don’t want any part of our dog,” Clark said.
Metro currently has 17 patrol dogs and about a dozen other dogs to detect narcotics, explosives, and human remains. LVMPD Foundation hosts 31st annual K-9 Trials
“The K9 section is absolutely instrumental to make Las Vegas the safest community in America, but also to de-escalate situations,” Clark said.
Throughout the weekend the K9s were tested on a variety of skills. Sunday was the agility performance and K9 Arko was there as a veteran performer.
“He probably wasn’t as nervous as I am, he doesn’t care it’s just fun for him. It’s just like playing a game,” Sgt. Eric Hutchason said. “They have the right amount of courage they are not afraid to do their job and they can be sweet at times.”
There was also some family-friendly competition between Sgt. Hutchason and his brother officer David Hutchason with the Fresno Police Department.
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