BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Police Department's K-9 Division is organizing a regional trials competition for police teams from two states in April.
The teams will come to Baton Rouge from all over Louisiana and Mississippi. The competition will enable about 30 dogs to try for regional certification and possibly qualify for national competition.
"On the 14th, you can come watch the dogs free of charge. You can see obedience, agility, suspect search where you find a bad guy and evidence search," said Sgt. Wayne Martin with BRPD's K-9 Patrol Team. "On Thursday, in the stadium, is going to be criminal apprehension.
"That's where police officers pretend to be bad guys and run down the field with and without gunfire. The dogs go and catch them, and then at some point, if the bad guy attacks a police officer, he will come in to save the police officer.>
Spectators will see demonstrations of these kind of tasks the dogs must accomplish, including finding discarded weapons in high grass.
The Regional K-9 trials will be on two separate days, April 14th and 16th, at Olympia Stadium on Perkins Road.