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Published August 15, 2013, 01:23 PM

Minot to host competition for peace officers, K9, Air Force Security Forces

This week the City of Minot, North Dakota is hosting the annual North Dakota Peace Officers Association event. NDPOA hosts a variety of continuing education classes and competitions. The competition events are also open to the Minot and Grand Forks Air Force Base Security Forces.

This week the City of Minot, North Dakota is hosting the annual North Dakota Peace Officers Association event. NDPOA hosts a variety of continuing education classes and competitions. The competition events are also open to the Minot and Grand Forks Air Force Base Security Forces.

The Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department’s K9 team, Corporal Mike Lee and K9 Gypsy participated in the K9 trials in two events, “Narcotics Detection” and the “Iron Dog” competition. Corporal Lee and K9 Gypsy finished in 2 iron dog totaling enough K9 and handler points to be the “TOP DOG” overall. Corporal Lee and K9 Gypsy also won the NDPOA traveling trophy as the top law enforcement dog for their second time. The team won the award last time in 2010.

Sheriff’s K9 Gypsy is a 10 year old Chocolate Lab, who according to Corporal Lee is nearing her retirement. Sheriff Rost says “Our K9 team has always been top contenders while competing in trials.” Corporal Lee wanted to bring the NDPOA traveling trophy back home to Grand Forks one more time, during K9 Gypsy’s career.

SSgt. David Wyrick and K9 Legend of the Minot Air Force Base took 1 detection. NDHP Trooper Kyle Stern and K9 Blaze took 3. In explosive detection, 1st Place - Minot AFB, TSgt Theopolis Toliver and K9 Dax, 2nd Place - Minot AFB, SSgt Christopher Averill and K9 Kety, 3rd Place - Minot AFB, SrA Zachary Fredrick and K9 Roko.

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