Wichita County Sheriff's Office Hosts National Canine Certification

Authorities across North Texas are in Wichita Falls, hoping to get their canine units nationally recognized.

The Wichita County Sheriff's Office is hosting this year's regional United States Police Canine Association certification.

And it has four legged officers showing off all their skills.

Not only are you competing against your peers, but you are also trying to certify to show that you and your dog are reliable as a team,” said WFPD Officer Aaron New.

Officer New and Canine Turko are just one of the many teams hoping to get certified with United States Police Canine Association.

Throughout the week they'll show their skills in agility, narcotics, tracking, and capture and restraint.

There is a friendly competition among the canine teams, especially for Officer New and his brother from Abilene.

It's sibling rivalry. I would like to beat everyone else out here, but him more so,” said Officer Joshua New.

And while the brothers might not agree on who should snag first place, they can agree that the love of their partners pushes them to perform.

This dog and I ride in a car together, we spend 40 hours a week together so I spend more time with this dog than my wife and my children so we have a bond,” said Joshua.

He can't actually speak so his body language, there are different things you have to learn how to pick up on,” said Aaron.

So he can pick up a win for his team.

The certification from the United States Police Canine Association is not mandated by the state of Texas, but officers say it just shows the communities they serve these dogs can really do their jobs.

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