Recently, Sergeant Justin De Bruin and his K9 partner, Sonny, attended the annual United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) narcotics trials. This year, the trials were hosted by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Spencer, IA.
55 canine teams competed in the trials to maintain or receive certifications.
The certification involved searching five cars and three rooms to locate a total of four narcotic hides. The narcotics used were methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
Teams are judged by a panel of independent persons and the maximum score a team can receive is 200 points.
Sergeant De Bruin and Sonny received a score of 198.83 out of the 200 points and placed 9th overall.
Captain Jamie Van Voorst said, “We continue to be very proud of Sergeant De Bruin’s dedication to our K9 program and his hard work with Sonny is evident in their continued high scores. The citizens of Sioux County can be assured that the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office K9 team is one of the best in Iowa.”