NEW: HPD Police Dogs Receive Awards

Posted: March 10, 2014

Daily News-Record

The Harrisonburg Police Department’s K-9 Unit received two awards from from the Virginia Police Canine Association in Culpeper, the department announced today.

The association trains police dogs and handlers.

Police dogs can be certified in drug detection, explosive and cadaver detections. They also can be trained to help patrol officers apprehend suspects and search for evidence.

The VPCA reviewed several cases from throughout the state and awarded HPD two “Case of the Year” awards in the patrol category.

Officer Tim Wright and his police dog, Rocko, were awarded “Case of the Year” for tracking a bank robbery suspect that assisted in the apprehension of the offender.

Officer Chris Ray and his police dog, Spartan, were awarded “Case of the Year” for tracking an armed-robbery suspect of a convenience store.

The awards were handed out on Feb. 26.

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