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K9 officers from around the state showing off their abilities Saturday to help local veterans

Posted: 10:49 AM, Jul 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-20 13:49:48-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The best four-legged officers in California and Tijuana, Mexico are showing off their abilities Saturday during the Bakersfield Police Annual K9 Trials. The event will take place at Rabobank Arena in Downtown on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is a suggested $2 dollar donation.

Bakersfield police officer Brad Vaughn said this is the fifth year Bakersfield Police has hosted the event. This year 40 to 50 K9 team are expected to compete in the trials. Teams are from around California like Visalia, Tulare, Clovis and Ventura.

Officer Vaughn said these K9 officers are an important member of their forces. They are able to see and smell things their human handler officers cannot. They can also help assist in searching for suspects at an active scene. Officer Vaughn said, those types agility, apprehending and searching skills the K9s know will be demonstrated during the K9 trials.

The event will be inside the Rabobank Arena from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday July 20th.