Trooper Chris Porter, K-9 Toni and their awards.
The California Narcotics Canine Association held the first Eukanuba K-9 challenge Dec. 17 at the Orange County Convention Center (Florida) as part of the 2011 Eukanuba National Dog Show. Plans are to make it an annual event.
Twenty law enforcement officers and canine partners spent two days competing in four phases of narcotic search and detection. The first phase consisted of vehicle, luggage and parcel searches. The last phase required the canine team to navigate through vehicles, luggage and parcels combined with other commonly found items, such as trash cans containing food, to find the hidden narcotics. State troopers, sheriffs’ deputies and police officers representing West Virginia, Indiana, California, Florida and Texas all demonstrated great skill and discipline throughout the competition. Of those competitors, the Florida Highway Patrol Criminal Interdiction Unit stood out by winning 12 of the 25 possible awards. The following members represented the Florida Highway Patrol at the competition: Troopers Thomas Winders, Chris Porter, David Sims, Jacob Fisher, Sergio Pearce and Frank Sangentio.
Florida Highway Patrol Awards:
Vehicle Searches: First place, Trooper Sergio Pearce; third place, Trooper Jacob Fisher; fourth place, Trooper Chris Porter.
Luggage Search: Second place, Trooper Chris Porter; third place, Trooper Thomas Winders; fifth place, Trooper Sergio Pearce.
Parcel Search: Second place, Trooper Thomas Winders; third place, Trooper Frank Sangenitio; fourth place, Trooper Chris Porter.
Area Search (Including vehicle/parcel/luggage/and miscellaneous items): Fourth place; Trooper Chris Porter.
Overall: Second place, Trooper Chris Porter; Fifth place, Trooper Thomas Winders.
The Florida Highway Patrol congratulates and recognizes all the participants for a job well done. This achievement reflects positively on the Criminal Interdiction Unit’s hard work and dedication applied every day by its members and coordinators.