LACROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - La Crosse Police Officer Casey Rossman and his K9 (Brutus) finished in 1st place in the Drug Detector Course during the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) contest, held on December 1 in Duluth, MN.
Not only did Officer Rossman and K9 (Brutus) finish in 1st place, but they had a perfect score of 200 on the Drug Detector course, which measures for speed, accuracy and obedience. This K9 team competed against 39 other Police K9 teams in the competition. The competition was put on by both the Duluth, MN. and Superior, WI. P. D. and held at the Duluth Central High School. There were 3 judges and each team had to search 2 rooms in the competition.
Early this fall, K9 Officer Brutus and his handler (Officer Casey Rossman) were certified for the Schutzhund VSK, which is an internationally recognized Police K-9 certification involving: obedience, agility and protection. K9 Brutus and his handler (Officer Rossman) competed in a Schutzhund trial held at Bachbett Kennels in Mindoro, WI. Not only were they certified, but scored the highest of all dogs there with a score of 96/100. Brutus was awarded the fastest dog in the suspect apprehension portion, traveling 50 yards in 3.3 seconds! Brutus and Officer Rossman won a medal for the fastest K9 team in the 300 yard team sprint, finishing in 46 seconds. In total the team of Brutus and Officer Rossman won 3 medals and a VSK title.
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