Police K9 teams show off their skills at Murrieta competition – Press Enterprise
Law enforcement officers and their K9 partners from across the state test their takedown tactics, officer protection and bomb detection skills in a two-day competition hosted by the Murrieta Police Department .
The fifth annual K9 trials, held at Murrieta Mesa High School, began Friday, April 1 with scent searches, including evidence and narcotics searches. The event ends on Saturday, April 2 with building and area searches, obedience, agility and patrol scenarios.
The event tests the ability of K9 officers and teams to overcome obstacles and handle real-life scenarios, organizers said. Some exercises require teams to show how well the partners are working together and whether the dogs are following their commands at the right time.
More than 40 teams were expected to participate in the trials, Murrieta K9 officer Aaron Harwick said. Some attendees came from Kern County, Los Angeles International Airport, Carlsbad and the Aguascalientes Police Department in Mexico.
The free contest is open to the public on Saturday, when the dogs will perform apprehension work on the school football pitch. The event benefits the Paws 4 Law Foundation, which supports active and retired K9s.