CPD K9 takes top honors at Wyoming certification event

Officer Krugler and his K9 Jopi (Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper Police Department reports that they earned top honors during a recent Wyoming Police Service Dog Association certification event.

Officer Krugler and his K9 Jopi took “Top Dog” during the event held in Gillette, Wyoming between May 20th and May 24th, 2019.

The CPD team beat fifteen other K9 teams from around the state.

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“The certification they earned is among the hardest in the region,” according to CPD Captain Shane Chaney. “It tests both the handler and the dog. It requires a proficiency above and beyond that of most police dog service teams.”

Officer Krugler has been working with K9 Jopi for two years but has been a K9 handler for a total of seven years. He says simply being with the dogs every day is the best part of the job.

Members of the Wyoming Police Service Dog Association certify yearly in patrol, narcotics, evidence, and tracking. Patrol certifications consist of a building search, directed search, patrol route, in sight and out of sight detainment exercises, and obedience.

The narcotic certification requires dogs to find ten hidden substances. The substances are spread throughout a residency search, open area and locker search, vehicle search, and barn area search.

The evidence certification requires dogs to find four articles within a search area. The K9 teams have to find seventy-five percent of the articles within ten minutes. The tracking certification is a four-hundred-yard track. The track is laid sixty minutes prior to the dogs running it. K9 teams have to find fifty percent of the articles and track to the end to complete the certification.

K9 Jopi (Casper Police Department)