CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The United States Police Canine Association Region 14 held its annual K-9 detector certification in Laramie on Saturday, May 20. Wyoming Department of Corrections K-9 teams both did well in the narcotics detection competition, the Cheyenne Police Department said Tuesday.
K-9 Copper and Sgt. Randall Speiser finished in first place and took the Kyle Hall Memorial Award, which is awarded to the team with the highest score in detection. Copper and Speiser also won the award in 2022.
K-9 Zeke and Sgt. Shoopman placed second in the regional competition, the news release said.
The competition was tight, with only a half a point separating K-9 Copper and K-9 Zeke.
USPCA Region 14 includes the states of Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii.
Annual certifications in the disciplines of patrol work, detection, and tracking are hosted to measure that K-9 teams across the United States are following carefully calculated standards, the Cheyenne Police Department said.