The Lakeland Police Department sent a four man team and one alternate to the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Patrol Dog National Field Trial in Springfield, Illinois. The competition was held from September 19th – 25th, 2015. There were six events that were judged; obedience, agility, evidence search, suspect search, apprehension without gunfire and with gunfire. These events simulate the different jobs the canine teams are called upon to perform while working in the field.
Officer Chad Whitaker and his K9 partner "Nox" won the trial by scoring an unprecedented 696.51 points out of a possible 700, making Chad and Nox's scores some of the highest on record. The Team was able to secure the second place Department four man team award as well. The four man team and alternate consisted of Sergeant Tye Thompson, Officer Jeff Barrett, Officer Ryan Back, Officer Cory Bowling and Officer Chad Whitaker. This is the third time the Lakeland Police Department has won 1st place at the USPCA Patrol Dog National Field Trial.
Officer Chad Whitaker - Top Dog- 1st place overall
2nd place Criminal Apprehension
3rd place Obedience
3rd place Agility
4th Total Search
They have most definitely kept with the highest standard of Pride and Loyalty, our K9 Unit motto, which has made the Lakeland Police Department’s K9 Unit the unit it is today.
The Lakeland Police Department is very proud of all the officers who represent our department not only in competitions, but day to day in their regular duties protecting our community. To become this proficient at their jobs at this level requires dedication and commitment to excellence.