CPD K9 Team Featured In AKC/USPCA K9 Detection Dog Challenge
Thursday, November 25, 2021
- photo by USPCA
The Chattanooga Police Department K9 team of Officer Lucas Timmons and K9 Burt will be featured in the first-ever American Kennel Club (AKC) / United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) K9 Detection Dog Challenge. The challenge will air on Sunday, at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The event brings the best of the best in narcotics and explosives detection dogs from around the United States together to demonstrate the important role dogs play in law enforcement and public safety.
The event was held on Nov. 15, at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., where ten narcotics dog teams and ten explosives detection dog teams competed against each other to see which could find their respective substance – illegal narcotics and explosive substances – the quickest.
The teams navigated obstacles and sorted through distractions to find the hidden items. They were scored on the accuracy of their search, perfection of their alert (telling the handler where the hide is), and the find itself (a combination of the ability of the dog and the handler to accurately tell judges where the hide is located).
Officer Timmons is under contractual obligation to not share any information about the challenge, its participants, and/or results prior to the broadcast of the show on ESPN2. K9 Burt says he didn't sign anything and is accepting steak, toys, or treats in possible exchange for information. Please tune into the AKC/USPCA K9 Detection Dog Challenge on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 10 p.m. ET. Check your provider for ESPN2 channel information.