Wash. Co. K-9 Trials return to Hillsboro
The 13th annual Washington County Sheriff's Office Police K-9 Trials is coming up this Saturday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hare Field in Hillsboro.
"Come cheer for your favorite Hillsboro Police Department K-9 teams as they compete in area searches for suspects, an agility course, suspect apprehension, vehicle extractions, and more," the event announcement states.
The annual competition pits police dogs from across the state against one another in a friendly competition to find out which police agency has the best canine unit.
Last year, Hillsboro K-9 Blazer and his partner, Officer Matt Schmidt, took the top prize at the competition against a dozen police dogs from the Hillsboro, Beaverton, Portland, Sherwood and Springfield police departments, as well as the Washington and Clackamas county sheriff's offices.
The event drew an estimated 400 people to Hillsboro Stadium, said Washington County Sheriff's Office Detective Robert Rookhuyzen.
"It's a great way to showcase the work that the police K-9 units do and have a little friendly competition amongst the dogs and their handlers," Rookhuyzen said. "It's a great way for the public to see what we do and how our dogs help us in our mission to catch the bad guys."
The event is free and open to the public, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Pets are not allowed at the event.