Minneapolis Police Canine Unit to host regional police dog trials July 17 - 19

The Minneapolis Police Department Canine Unit is hosting the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 12 Police Dog Trials at various locations throughout the city, July 17 - 19. Region 12 is one of two regions in Minnesota and 90 canine/handler teams from around the state are participating. 

Trials are held to test and score the proficiency of each canine/handler team in obedience, suspect search, agility, article search, criminal apprehension and criminal apprehension under simulated gunfire. The highest scoring teams will be invited to attend the USPCA National Trials in Detroit Lakes later this summer.

The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Canine Unit will have 12 canine/handler teams competing in these trials. Two of three teams attending the Region 18 Trials earlier this summer qualified for the National Trials. 

Events are open to the public and a comprehensive demonstration of all six phases of the K-9 competition will be held on Sunday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the De La Salle High School. Members of the MPD SWAT Team, MPD Mounted Patrol and the Minneapolis Fire Department will also provide demonstrations at the event.

Minneapolis Police Canine Foundation, a non-profit organization made up of community members and business leaders, will also be on hand at the De La Salle event. The Foundation, which raises funds for the Canine Unit through donations and an annual golf tournament, has raised more than $75,000 to purchase dogs and equipment and to send Minneapolis canine teams to advanced training that the Department could not otherwise afford. 

The USPCA, formed out of the merging of two previous police canine organizations, has been providing training and evaluation of canine/handler teams since 1971.For more information on the USPCA visit www.uspcak9.com.

Published Jul. 14, 2011