Police canines vie for Top Dog title at national skills competition
Police dogs from across the country are in Edmonton this weekend to compete for the title of Top Dog.
The Edmonton Police Service is hosting the 2017 National Championship Canine Trials, which began Friday.
“There are some senior dogs here and some of the searches today have been challenging,” said EPS Const. Murray Burke. “It’s a tight competition.”
Burke and Maverick, a German shepherd, won top honours at the 2015 championship in Medicine Hat. While they’re not competing this year, six EPS teams will try to bring the title back to the force.
In total, 42 teams were expected to compete. Detection teams will complete five drug and explosives searches in the city over the weekend.
General purpose patrol teams will compete in seven events, from agility to criminal takedowns.
Members of the public can watch three of the patrol team events Sunday at ReMax Field at 10233 96 Ave. The events start at 9 a.m. and admission is free.
Ontario Provincial Police Cst. Dan Harness and his dog Valor demonstrate their skills Friday at the Edmonton Police Service’s Vallevand Kennels. The two will be competing in the 2017 National Championship Canine Trials this weekend.