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"Desert Dog was a great experience because it was a new format and something we had never seen before," said Collings, who has been with the sheriff's office for 18 years and on the K 9 team for six years. "It was totally different from the other competitions I have been in. It provided a new environment and new challenges for the dogs and us, as the handlers."
"I enjoy working with the dogs," Collings said. "When we deal with situations that escalate, having the dog means we get to go in and search for the bad guy or look for drugs. We get to be more involved in incidents, instead of just sitting on the perimeter."
"We went from 45 degrees here in Utah to 90 degrees in Arizona," Collings said. "The competitions were outside in the middle of the day, so it was really hot."
The competitions allow law enforcement to test their skills and to put their dogs into a variety of scenarios so when the time comes they can perform at their best.
"The last time we trained it was 60 degrees cooler than it was in Arizona," Lawrenson said. "The heat was the biggest challenge."
One of the biggest challenges for the deputies and their dogs was the heat.
Lawrenson, who has been with the K 9 team for eight years, and his dog, Kilo, brought home the top award at the competition, first place in Top Dog.
Two members of the Utah County Sheriff's Office K 9 Team came home with their hands full last weekend full of awards.
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Deputy Adam Collings and Deputy Brett Lawrenson won Top Agency/Team and sixth place in Team Narcotics in the Arizona Desert Dog Police K 9 Trials. Collings and his dog, Rampage, won first place in Tactical Challenge and sixth place in Top Dog. Lawrenson and his dog, Kilo, won first place in Top Dog, fourth place in Tactical Challenge, third place in Tactical Obedience, fifth place in Area Search and second place in Handler Protection.
"I really enjoyed the competition," Lawrenson said. "It was great to meet other handlers, talk with them and compare training."
"The K 9 team works hard," Brower said. "They are constantly helping other deputies and departments by utilizing these dogs. Adam and Rampage were able to get four pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop earlier this year. They work hard to help get drugs off the streets."
"The sheriff's office had a very impressive showing at the trials," Lawrenson said. "So much so, that a local Arizona family, with no previous contact with the sheriff's office, volunteered to sponsor our team's entrance fees next year, to ensure that we were able to come back. During these times of budget cuts and restrictions, it is very often through such private donations that we are able to further advance and train the K 9 team. The Utah Valley Kennel Club has been extremely important to the sheriff's office K 9 team in the past by donating bulletproof vests to our K 9 partners. Most recently, they donated a vest to our K 9 Rampage. During this donation presentation, they indicated they would like to broaden their donations to include funds for continually advanced training and other equipment needs the K 9 team has."
"Having our team compete and bring home so many awards shows what a credible K 9 program we have," Lt. Mike Brower said. "Our guys are very capable and well trained enough to compete with any team around the country. We always try to focus on our team as a whole, but we do have one handler who is very talented and passionate. The example he has shown has helped all of our handlers excel. Having them bring home a team award is exceptional and it is something we like to see."
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"I enjoy deploying my dog on a daily or nightly basis," Lawrenson said. "The competitions are a fun experience and a chance to meet others and talk about what they do with their dogs."
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something I truly looked forward to everyday, for whatever reason. The individuals, whether Civilian or Certified, hired and retained by the UCSO are some of the most honest, upstanding, credible, and professional people I have ever been blessed with the opportunity and had the honor to work alongside of. This article and the awards presented just strengthen my respect and admiration for all of those individuals working for the UCSO!!!
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a competition. He not only trains his dog at the weekly trainings, but spends eight hours during the week, of his own time, training his dog.
The Utah County Sheriff's Office K 9 team is made up of a sergeant and seven handlers who provide canine support to corrections, patrol, investigations and search and rescue. The team holds trainings every Wednesday for eight hours, and they practice their skills in abandoned warehouses, local schools and mountains.
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Attending competitions isn't new to the members of the K 9 team. They have had the chance to compete at the Utah Peace Officers Association K 9 Trials and at the Las Vegas Metro K 9 Trials, bringing home a variety of awards. This was the first year they have attended the competition in Arizona.
Members of the community as well as local organizations help sponsor the deputies and provide them with the necessary supplies to keep their dogs safe. The Utah Valley Kennel Club has donated bulletproof vests that Adidas Grey Tracksuit Mens
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