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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Kelly, the K9 officer, and partner Sgt. Jason Schjoll, won Top Dog honors for the Warm Springs Police Department at the Bend dog trials.Warm Spring's Police Department K9 Officer Kelly, with her partner Sgt. Jason Schjoll, won Top Dog honors June 29, at the 2013 Central Oregon Law Enforcement K9 Trials at Bend Senior High School.

Besides Kelly, K9s and their handlers were from the Deschutes County and Mendocino County (Calif.) sheriffs' offices, and the Bend, Redmond and Springfield police departments.

The competition demonstrated the speed, agility, tracking, canine handler protection and obedience attributes of the K9 officers. All officers completed their tasks with extraordinary expertise, according to Stan Suenaga, Public Safety Branch general manager for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

"However, the clear crowd favorite and high point winner of the competition was Warm Springs' very own Officer Kelly, earning the official tournament title of Top Dog and some impressive bling for her partner, Sgt. Schjoll," he said.

"Kelly and Sgt. Schjoll demonstrated to the crowd the same efficiency and professionalism that make them highly effective members of the WSPD," noted Suenaga. "Sgt. Schjoll's hard work and dedication to the training of his K9 partner is evident and a huge asset to the tribal community's safety."

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