BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's K-9 team has been named the regional champions of the 2015 U.S. Police Canine Association. A spokesperson for the sheriff's department says the honor comes just a few months after one of the EBR K-9 teams was awarded Top Dog at a national competition.
"I was the first in Louisiana to ever win law enforcement police dog nationals," said Captain James Broussard.
He and his partner, Indo, were given that award after scoring a 693 out of 700 at the USPCA 2014 national trial held in Wilson, North Carolina.
The two were paired together four years ago, when Broussard took over as the division head of the sheriff's department K-9 division.
Broussard and another deputy are in charge of training the department's 11 K-9's.
"In four years, we've been to regionals twice and nationals once," Broussard said.
The K-9 department has existed for eight years, but these accolades tell Broussard the training they are doing is taking them in the right direction. He added people in the parish should also rest assured the K-9 unit is prepared to keep residents safe.
Two years ago, Broussard and Indo took first place in the regional competition. Last year, they came in second place and their scores qualified them for the national competition.
He says there is a stigma out there that police dogs are trained only to bite and be aggressive.
"The only way I can describe it, they're like a light switch," Broussard said. "They know when to work and when to play."
He says Indo plays with children in his neighborhood and enjoys being a six-year-old dog, but he also knows when it's time to be serious and work.
"You can't have all work and no play."