As reported in the Texarkana Gazette on April 27. Texarkana Arkansas Police K-9 Officer Tanner Freeman with K-9 ‘Kashko’ won several awards, including the Top Dog Award, at the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 20 Canine certification and competition in Sherman, Texas, in April. This certification tests all aspects of K-9 handling, including patrol functions and narcotics detection, which the handler and dog have to pass to continue working together at their law enforcement agency. In addition to certification, the handlers and their dogs compete against other teams within the region for placement in several categories, including the prestigious Overall Top Dog Award.
While attending the annual certification from April 18 April 21, Officer Freeman and K-9 “Kashko,” a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, performed well above the recognized standard. The certification process is a weeklong testing and evaluation procedure that includes several areas of assessment. The competition had 12 canine teams. Freeman and Kashko placed within the top three in nearly every category and received Top Dog honors overall. This year was Officer Freeman and Kashko’s 2nd regional trial and certification competition.
Congratulations TAPD K-9 Officer Tanner Freeman for training Kashko to be another superlative Texarkana LEADER! Check out goTXK.org for more celebration of our innumerable Texarkana superlatives!