Police dogs show off skills in popular competition


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Stanley Smith and K9 Annie Oakley of Cappel K9 Texas placed third in the obstacle course in the Space Coast Police K-9 Competition.

Jill Blue

Nearly 3,000 people came out to watch 20 different K-9 teams compete in a rarely seen tournament of skill and stealth during the second annual Space Coast Police K-9 Competition. It was held Oct. 12 at Cocoa High School.

Contenders came from near and far to take part, including K9 teams from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), the Cocoa Beach Police Department, the Butts County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia, K9 Life in North Texas, Cappel K9 in Texas, the Royal Danish Air Force, and Patrick Air Force Base.

In the end, two BCSO K9 teams took home two top honors when Tyler Habart and K9 Rosco finished first in the obstacle course, which consisted of various tasks including scent detection, a pipe crawl, target engagement and vehicle navigation.

John Hubinger and K9 Lars placed first for fastest dog.

It was sponsored by the Brevard Kennel Club.

“Our K9 officers and K9 enthusiasts came up with the idea and thought it would be a great opportunity to engage the community, showcase the skills of police K9 Teams and educate the public about the service they provide,” said Yvonne Martinez, the Cocoa Police Department’s public information officer. “It also created an opportunity to serve as a fundraiser for our police department non-profit, Cocoa Community First, which funds the outreach programs of the Cocoa Police Department.”

Martinez said between $10,000 and $15,000 was raised through the sale of food, drinks, and merchandise which will directly benefit Cocoa Community First.

Jesper Andersen and K9 511 Boss of the Royal Danish Air Force placed second behind Habart in the obstacle course. Stanley Smith and K9 Annie Oakley of Cappel K9 Texas placed third.

In the Hardest Dog event, Steve Brown and K9 Pipo of the Butts County Sheriff’s Office in Jackson, Georgia prevailed. Andersen and K9 511 Boss of the Royal Danish Air Force placed second.

Hubinger and K9 Lars of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office finished third.