2024 LVMPD K-9 Trials

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department invite you to attend the


South Point Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

 9777 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89183

Handler Welcome Reception and Packet Pick-up – Friday, March 22, 2024

K-9 Trials Saturday, March 23, 2024 (CLOSED TO PUBLIC)

K-9 Trials and Awards – Sunday, March 24, 2024 (OPEN TO PUBLIC)

Doors Open – 8 a.m.
Opening Ceremony – 9 a.m.
Approximate End Time – 3 p.m.

To view photos from the 2024 LVMPD K-9 Trials, please visit our Photo Gallery.

K-9 Trials – A Winning Show of Law & Paws Enforcement

The 32nd Annual LVMPD K-9 Trials, held over the weekend, showcased the epitome of dedication, skill, and teamwork among law enforcement K9 units. With stiff competition across various events, the trials were a testament to the unwavering commitment of these teams to public safety. Let’s celebrate the outstanding winners who emerged victorious from this prestigious event:

Top Agency Award: A big congratulations to the Taylorsville Police Department for clinching the prestigious Top Agency award! Their remarkable performance and dedication to excellence have truly set a benchmark for others to follow.

Top Dog Award: The coveted Top Dog honor was awarded to K9 Zeus and Officer Jim Young of the Fresno Police Department. Their exceptional bond, skill, and determination exemplify the very best in K9 policing.

Tough Dog Award: K9 Argo, representing the Fresno Police Department, earned the esteemed Tough Dog award, showcasing resilience, courage, and unwavering dedication to duty.

Here is the finishing order for each competition:

Narcotics (Building):

Narcotics (Vehicle):

  • First Place- Esther Calata and K9 Nox LVMPD
  • Second Place- Case Kepner and K9 Lombe NLVPD
  • Third Place- Joshua Odoms and K9 Ciro NLVPD
  • Fourth Place- Rafael Casillas and K9 Sky Riverside County Sheriffs’ K-9 Team
  • Fifth Place- Sidney Lyons and K9 Jimmy NLVPD

Top Dog (Narcotics):

  • First Place- Esther Calata and K9 Nox LVMPD
  • Second Place- Case Kepner and K9 Lombe NLVPD
  • Third Place- Jed Baumback and K9 Pablo LVMPD


Hotel Explosives:

Area Search:

Building Search:


Tactical Obedience:

  • First Place- Brian Sturgeon and K9 Argo Fresno Police Department
  • Second Place- Mike Graf and K9 Justice Utah County Sheriff’s Office
  • Third Place- Jesse Deacon and K9 Alvin Riverside County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fourth Place- Matt Harris and K9 Bones LVMPD
  • Fifth Place- Shane Day and K9 Owney Riverside County Sheriff’s Office

Handler Protection:

  • First Place- Jim Young and K9 Zeus Fresno Police Department
  • Second Place- Hayden Hoffman and K9 Ghost Taylorsville Police Department
  • Third Place- Chad Jones and K9 Onyx Ventura County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fourth Place- Brian Sturgeon and K9 Argo Fresno Police Department
  • Fifth Place- Keegan Smith and K9 Vader Gilbert Police Department

These remarkable achievements highlight the exceptional abilities of these K9 units and underscore the vital role they play in ensuring public safety and security. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners and participants for their dedication, bravery, and commitment to serving their communities.

The LVMPD K9 Trials wouldn’t be possible without the support of sponsors, organizers, and volunteers who tirelessly work behind the scenes to make this event a success. Their contributions are invaluable in promoting excellence in law enforcement and strengthening community-police partnerships.

As we reflect on the triumphs of the 32nd Annual LVMPD K9 Trials, let’s continue to honor and support our law enforcement K9 units, whose unwavering dedication and service are truly commendable.

2024 K-9 Trials Sponsors

The Foundation is continually grateful for our community of sponsors and for their dedication to community safety.

Contributions by these civic-minded businesses enable the Foundation and LVMPD officers to better protect our communities and reduce crime across Clark County. These investments in LVMPD’s specialized equipment, training and community safety outreach initiatives make a positive impact every day in Southern Nevada and within the LVMPD family.