The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department K-9 Section will host the 31st Annual LVMPD K-9 Trials on March 19, 2023, at South Point Arena, 9777 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Teams from all over the country will join the LVMPD K-9 Section in competitions for Narcotics, Bombs, Area Search, Building Search, Obedience, Agility, and Handler Protection. German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, Belgian Malinois’, Labradors, and English Springer Spaniels will compete in the seven different categories. The top three finishers will receive Tough Dog, Top Dog, and Top Agency awards. Teams include police K-9 units and hotel security teams and are judged on many facets of their performance including handler tactics.
FREE General Admission tickets to the LVMPD K-9 Trials are available to the public. Register online at https://lvmpdk9trials.eventbrite.com/
“K-9 teams from a wide variety of agencies, both public and military, will showcase their talent and highly trained skills,” says Lt. Jeff Clark of the LVMPD K-9 Section. “The competition is exciting for both spectators and competing teams and will feature scenarios that will challenge both K-9s and handlers. “
Lt. Clark will serve as show emcee along with Beth Fisher, who handles Community Relations for the LVMPD Public Information Office. In addition to all the skilled K-9 competitions, SWAT will kick it up a notch with a demonstration during half-time.
LVMPD will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2023 and has one of the oldest, continuously operating K-9 units in the United States comprised of 14 officers, three sergeants, one lieutenant and 17 patrol dogs, five narcotic detector dogs, and five explosive detector dogs. Five patrol dogs are also certified as human remains detectors.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation is producer of the event. The nonprofit organization supports and supplements Metro area commands, special units like the K-9 Section, equipment & technology, crime prevention events, and hundreds of positive community-police engagement activities, programs, and initiatives that help make Las Vegas safer for all.
For sponsorship and advertising opportunities, visit: LVMPD K-9 Trials | Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation (lvmpdfoundation.org)