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Waterloo Police K9's take top honors

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CLINTON (KWWL) -

For the second time in three years, the Waterloo Police K9 Unit took top team honors at the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 21 Narcotics Trials.

The competition, which took place in Clinton from April 9 through 11, is a certification process that is court credible and encompasses vehicle and room searches.  Each handler and dog is certified on their own and then as a whole department team.  Region 21 included teams from the entire state of Iowa and other Midwestern states.

The Waterloo Police Department has three handlers and K9's, Sgt. Gus Farmer & K9 Robby, Officer Al Bovy & K9 Spike and Officer Steve Bose & K9 Mitch.  To be a part of the four-dog team, Waterloo was joined by Black Hawk County Deputy Matt Harris and K9 Jasper.

The team was ranked as the top team in the region, just like they were in 2010 when the trials were held in Algona.

The Waterloo Police Department K9 Unit is not funded with tax dollars.  Instead, it is funded with donations from the community.

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