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Meet the Newest and Nosiest LPD Team Member

 

Say hello to DYNA, the newest recruit for our Nationally ranked K9 unit. Dyna, however, is very different from the other “boys” on the team. First, she’s a female. Secondly, she is specially trained to detect explosive materials. Her skills will be used to search locations where bomb threats are called in and at large public events. Even at the mature age of two, Dyna still has to prove that she has what it takes to be a member of the elite LPD K9 team. Currently she’s proving her skills under the guidance of Sergeant Aaron Peterman. "So far, she’s doing very well, said Peterman. She’s a very sweet dog with a gifted nose and we hope she has a long career with our unit."

This beautiful Golden Labrador was donated to the department bySoutheastern Guide Dogs. If you haven’t heard of the organization, you need to check them out at www.guidedogs.org This extraordinary group uses the latest in canine development and behavior research to create and nurture partnerships between visually impaired individuals and extraordinary guide dogs. They place more over 100 dogs each year into careers benefitting people with visual impairments, and veterans at NO CHARGE.


During the week of September 30 – October 4, 2013, the Lakeland Police Department K9 Unit competed in the USPCA National Patrol Dog 1 Trials just outside of the nation’s capital. For a second year in a row, the K9 Unit won and retained the title of National Champions. In addition to this great achievement, Officer Ted Sealey and K9 Bruno retain their title of “Top Patrol Dog” in the nation.

 

The top K9 team in the nation belongs to:

 

·         Officer Aaron Peterman and K9 Charief

·         Officer Rob Manrow and K9 Quanto

·         Officer Ted Sealey and K9 Bruno

·         Officer Chad Whitaker and K9 Bane

·        Officer Jeff Barrett and K9 Echo (Team Leader/alternate)

 

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.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LPD K9 UNIT!!!!