Recently, Sioux County Deputy Sheriff K-9 handler Justin De Bruin and canine Sonny, certified and competed in the yearly United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Police Dog 1 and tracking certifications.
The certifications included areas of obedience, agilities, suspect search, evidence search, suspect apprehension (with and without gun fire) and tracking. De Bruin and Sonny placed 15th out of 38 total dogs that were competing, receiving a total of 658.82 out of a possible 700 points; they also placed 3rd in the team award.
In the team event, De Bruin and Sonny teamed with Le Mars Police Officer Mark Reed and canine Doc, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Wingert and canine Gulliver and Altoona Police Officer Lt. Todd Trobaugh and canine Judge.
Capt. Jamie Van Voorst said, “The sheriff’s office is very proud of De Bruin’s dedication to the K-9 program and the hard work that he puts into it is evident through Sonny’s outstanding accomplishments.”