Top dog to be crowned at Chesco field trials

The Chester County Sheriff’s Office will give new meaning to the dog days of summer as it hosts the U.S. Police Canine Association’s annual Police Dog I field trials on Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28.

The event marks the first time the two-day field trials have been held in Chester County, and the public is invited to attend and observe at the Chester County Public Safety Training Center, 137 Modena Road, Coatesville. The trials are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. each day and conclude at noon, a county press release said.

“We are proud to host the USPCA field trials for Region 6,” said Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh. “There are some extraordinary K-9 teams from Pennsylvania and New Jersey who will be competing.”

Approximately 25 K-9 teams from Region 6, which includes Pennsylvania and New Jersey, will attempt to certify and compete for the coveted Top Dog trophy. The categories that will test the teams’ skills include obedience, agility, evidence search, suspect search and criminal apprehension, the release said.

Saturday’s trials will focus on obedience, agility, and searches. Sunday’s competition will be criminal apprehension.

Although the field trials have not been held in Chester County before, the proliferation of paws at the training campus will occur for the second time this year. In March, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office hosted the USPCA’s Region 6 scent certifications, a three-day event. It brought nearly 80 K-9 teams throughout the Northeast to the county to demonstrate their proficiencies for uncovering narcotics, detecting explosives and accelerants, and finding cadavers.

Shown from left: Deputy Dan McCole and Nero, Deputy Ryan Barr and Murphy, Deputy Mike Sarro and Dexter, and Deputy Mike Carlson and Luke.


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