South Lake Tahoe K9 competition tests police dog skills |

South Lake Tahoe K9 competition tests police dog skills

Jack Barnwell
Woodland Officer David Shepherd watches as his K9 partner, Chase, climbs over a wall during the South Lake Tahoe K9 Trials.
Jack Barnwell / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Several law enforcement agencies let the dogs loose Saturday, Oct. 3, during the eighth-annual South Lake Tahoe K-9 Trials at Lakeview Commons. Woodland, California’s Police Department unit took top team with the Chief’s Trophy and Yuba County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Lybarger took overall first place.

The event, which drew 27 teams, tested the resolve of several agencies’ four-legged officers. Participating agencies included the Oceanside Police Department, West Sacramento Police Department, Yuba City Police Department, Benicia Police Department, Woodland Police Department, San Leandro Police Department, Yuba County Sheriff’s Office and Sutter County Sheriff’s Office.

Trials included a controlled suspect search, obedience, agility and officer protection over several hours.

Another stage, a narcotics search test, took place at Lake Tahoe Airport on Friday, Oct. 2. Officers closed the area to the public around the event because it involved the use of real drugs.

South Lake Tahoe’s K9 Trials marked the final event for the Western States Police Canine Association, which includes law enforcement agencies in Northern California, Nevada, Idaho and Oregon.

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