Petaluma’s Police K-9 Trials 2011

Once again the Petaluma Police Department hosted the Annual Police K-9 Trials in Lucchesi Park on August 13, 2011. This was the fourteenth year for the event. As usual, K-9 teams from around Northern California came to demonstrate the skills of their “K-9 Officers.”

Of course, I showed up, as in years past, to make a few photos. 

As a reminder, no Petaluma public funds are expended in the production of this competition…

According to Dan Fish, Chief of Police, Petaluma Police Department:This event is not augmented by any public funding, as all proceeds are raised through donations, t-shirt sales and sponsors, as well as staffed by law enforcement volunteers and their families.  All proceeds beyond the cost of presenting the trial are returned to the Petaluma Police K-9 program in the form of training and equipment….K-9 teams account for thousands of suspect apprehensions every year, but also protect officers, search for missing persons, and perform numerous presentations to schools and service groups.”

Now on to the photos!

This year I have added photo captions, which at times are a touch whimsical.  For example…

"Hey! Watch the tail! © Frank Simpson

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Petaluma’s 13th Police K-9 Trials…K-9 Stars!

And so it was last Saturday, August 7, 2010 when Police K-9 teams from around California came to “show their stuff” and participate in the K-9 competition held in Petaluma.*

The weight range for a K-9 runs from 65 to 90 pounds. Petaluma’s Rico & Kilo are listed at 65 pounds and Petaluma’s newest K-9, Tango, weighs in at 82 pounds.

I made no attempt to record who won the various competitions–obediance, search, agility and protection. To my untrained eye, all the K–9 teams appeared to have an abundance of ability in all categories.

This year I was better prepared for my attempt to capture some “action” photos. This is not to say that the photos are professional quality, but they at least qualify as decent snapshots and for inclusion in photo collages… 

 K-9 “Portraits”

A closer look…

 Petaluma’s Tango & Handler, Corie Joerger

* “This event is not augmented by any public funding, as all proceeds are raised through donations, t-shirt sales and sponsors, as well as staffed by law enforcement volunteers and their families. All proceeds beyond the cost of presenting the trial are returned to the Petaluma Police K-9 Program in the form of training and equipment” Dan Fish, Chief of Police