Police Dog Competition Held By United States Police Canine Association In Florida
LAKELAND, Fla. — With barely a woof and many a sniff, police canines from around the country are gathering in Lakeland, Fla., this week to see who will be top dog.
Consider it the Westminster Dog Show of policing. For three days, the United States Police Canine Association is meeting at Florida Southern University and holding its national detector dog trials.
About eighty teams from across the U.S. – from Maine to Minnesota to Texas to Iowa – are competing. Dogs, guided by their human handlers, are tested on their ability to sniff out drugs, explosives, arson materials, cadavers and wild game.