Portland Police Officer Christian Stickney and his partner K-9 Blaze took first place in a police patrol dog course competition held on September 26th in New York State. The event was sponsored by the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department and K9Robbyfarm. The course tested all the skills required of a police K-9. The local pair competed against 22 teams from all over the Northeast.
This crime fighting duo have been training and working together for the past six months, with K-9 Blaze completing all requirements and certifications to work the streets beginning on August 1, 2014.
After taking first place in the patrol dog competition, the team completed an exam for narcotics detection certified through the Eastern Police Canine Association. They completed the course with a perfect score. The team was rated as excellent and K9 Blaze was also awarded the title of Police Narcotic Dog. Officer Stickney has trained and worked with three K-9s and is certified to train other K-9 teams.