APD to Co-host Canine Competition

The Alameda Police Department (APD) is teaming up with the San Leandro Police Department to host the second annual Police Canine Competition. Last year’s event successfully showcased more than 50 canine teams from across California. These teams came together to compete in narcotic detection and patrol scenarios. The competition attracted the largest attendance in the recent history of the Western States Police Canine Association as more than 300 spectators and local media groups watched special handler-canine teams in action.

Funds from the 2013 competition were used to cover competition costs; the remaining money was donated to the memorial fund honoring Galt Police Department canine officer Kevin Tonn who was killed in the line of duty in January 2013.

This year APD is donating money to the Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) and the Sean M. Walsh K-9 Memorial Foundation.

This year’s competition will take place this Saturday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the San Leandro Ball Park, 2709 Teagarden St. (at Aladdin Avenue).

The public is welcome, but APD asks that you leave your pets at home as they can distract competing teams. Food vendors, police association booths, and SWAT vehicles will round out the show.