Police dogs help officers search for drugs or apprehend criminals and are considered just as much part of a department as any of the officers.
In fact, Petaluma was the first police department in the North Bay to begin using dogs in 1967 and today has three K9s: Rico and Kilo, both Belgian Malanois, and Tango, a Dutch Sheppard.
Earlier this month, Rico and Kilo took part in the Sonoma County Sheriff’s K9 Trial in Windsor where they scooped up a total of 12 awards.
Rico, who works with Officer Mike Page, picked up First Place for Area Search and Second Place for Overall Performance while Kilo, teamed up with Officer Jason Jucutan, won First Place for Obedience and Third Place for Overall Performance.
Last year, the Petaluma Police Department held its own K9 Trials at Lucchesi Park, but this year t he event was canceled due to lack of funds.
Check out the video on the right to see some of the highlights
The department plans to bring back the event and is holding a bowling tournament at AMF Bowling 1100 Petaluma Blvd. South on Friday, August 24 to raise money. For more information, contact Petaluma Police Sergeant Ed Crosby at 707-778-4372.