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Baxter officer and K-9 compete in trials

Baxter Police Officer Matt Maier and his K-9 partner Gator recently attended the United States Police Canine Association Region 12 Narcotics Detection Trials held in Anoka.

There were 84 K-9 teams all around the region at the trials.

Maier took third place with a perfect score of 200 points. First place was determined by who had the quickest time to locate all four hides. The search included two rooms with narcotics hidden in them and one room was clean of narcotics. The second portion of the trial was the search of five vehicles. Two of the five vehicles contained narcotics hidden while the other three were clean of narcotics. The handlers didn’t know where the narcotics were hidden.

Maier completed the 2014 K9 Certification trials. Successful completion of the trials is needed to maintain the integrity of the dog and handler in the court of law. The other trials will be hosted in June in the Brainerd lakes area. The trails will test for agility, searching and bite work.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Officer Matt Maier and his partner Gator working for us here in Baxter,” said Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted in a news release. “Officer Maier and Gator have sustained this level of excellence for more than five years now. They continue to place in the top tier at both trials and that is a direct result of the dedication officer Maier has for the team, his profession and our department.”

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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