Escambia, Santa Rosa K-9 Deputies Place In National Patrol Dog Competition

October 3, 2017

Five Escambia and Santa Rosa K-9 deputies earned accolades during this year’s United States Police Canine Association National Patrol Dog Competition hosted last week by the Foley Police Department.

The National Trials showcased 82 K9 teams considered the “best of the best” from across the country including Iowa, Minnesota, and New York. The week-long trials tested the skills and training of each canine and handler team in the areas of obedience, agility, suspect search, article search and criminal apprehension. In addition to competing against one another for the title of Top Patrol Dog, each team also tested for their coveted national certification from the USPCA.

Local deputies receiving awards were:

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Jonathan Rogers / K9 Axel – 10th place overall, 1st place (perfect score) Suspect Search, 9th place Total Search
Deputy Joseph Marcum / K9 Benga – 3rd place Region Team
Lt. Jason Potts / K9 Onyx – 3rd place Region Team

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Clay Smith / K9 Dozer – 14th place overall, 1st place (perfect score) Obedience, 2nd place Region Team
Deputy Jeffery Perkins / K9 Rogue – 4th place Evidence Search, 6th place Obedience, 2nd place Region Team

Photos by Mary Land/Rogue K9 for, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “Escambia, Santa Rosa K-9 Deputies Place In National Patrol Dog Competition”

  1. Roni Kitzinger on October 18th, 2017 1:36 am

    Weil done Lieutenant Jason Potts and k-9 onyx keep up good work y’all two love y’all guys thank protected our town

  2. billy on October 3rd, 2017 9:14 pm

    Hey good job dudes……………Lots of hard work done there. Love ya!

  3. LJ on October 3rd, 2017 9:16 am

    Congrats to the handlers and dogs. A lot of people don’t realize how much time & effort go into this kind of thing. Congratulations!

  4. Grand Locust on October 3rd, 2017 7:55 am

    Training is important. It is the best investment. A two hour response to breach a door in Las Vegas raises training issues. We must learn and improve.

  5. Clay Smith on October 3rd, 2017 6:38 am

    What awesome experience. Representing my agency during this National event was an honor. I shared that week with my fellow Santa Rosa K9 Handler Jeff Perkins. The icing on the cake was that we were in the company of Freinds from around the Country
    Handlers from Escambia County, the City of Miami, City of Foley, City of Gulfshores, and several more. I reallly appreciate the USPCA events, they provide the opportunity to certify, compete and visit with friends from all over the Country.
    Thank you.

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