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Organization : South African Police Service K9
Competition Name : National K9 competition
Announcement : Winners announced SAPS-K9 held in PE
Prize : Awards
Winners announced in SAPS-K9 National competition :
** The South African Police Service K9 units converged onto the shores of the Nelson Mandela Metro for the National K9 competition.
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** The competition was divided into nine categories including tracker, narcotics detection, explosive detection, patrol dogs, search and rescue, protected species dogs, fire investigation, currency detection and biological fluid detection.
** All nine provinces as well as the SAPS Divisions Operational Response Services, Protection and Security Services and Presidential Protection Services competed in this National K9 competition.
** This competition was a culmination of provincial competitions which were held over this past year after which nominations were made for the national competition.
** This event offers a perfect opportunity to ensure that national standards are maintained as well as that the capacity and capabilities by both the K9 handler and dogs within the respective disciplines are enhanced.
** Such a competition also helps to enhance the welfare of the dogs through engaging our veterinary services.
** This platform further ensures that the health, fitness and social interaction with other dogs is also assessed.
** The winners of the various categories have been announced at an awards ceremony on Friday at the Board Walk Casino Conference Centre.
The winners are as follows :
Category 1 winners :
Biological Body Fluid : W/O KS Siva and Odie(KZN)
Narcotic Detection : Cst TC Shidzinga and Rex(Limpopo) and W/O CJ Claasen with Buddy (FS)
Fire Investigation : Capt H Alberts with Brutus(Mpumulanga)
Best Unit Commander : Lt Col N Singh (Johannesburg)
Category 2 winners :
Explosive Detection : Sgt SA Morake with Zinzi (Gauteng)
Protected Species : Sgt RC Spannenberg with Gavin (EC)
Category 3 winners :
Tracker Discipline : W/O PJ Engelbrecht with Buster(NW)
Patrol Discipline : W/O V Haripersad with Fang(KZN)
Search and Rescue : W/O J Potgieter with Ben(EC)
Best Provincial PES Commander : Col V Moodley (EC)
Category 4 winners :
Currency Detection: Sgt S Xaba with Erica(KZN)
Best Provincial Team Spirit : Western Cape
Best Provincial Overall Winner : Eastern Cape
Best Provincial K9 and Mounted Unit : Lt Col D Van der Merwe (FS)
** The K9 Unit is a critical component to our efforts in the prevention and combating of crime throughout the country.
** These units are most often in the frontline and exposed to potentially dangerous situations like tracking of serious offenders, during patrols and search and rescue operations.
** The dogs have proven to be pivotal to the success of operations in a multitude of cases whereby the handlers on their own would never have been successful.
** Dogs have the ability to go into places that ordinarily a human being would not be able to, they have the ability to detect incriminating items or items with evidential value just by using their senses, etc,.
** Therefore dogs are indispensable in the SAPS. However, the greatest challenge is soliciting dogs for the SAPS.
** We encourage breeders and the community at large to consider donating dogs between the age of 8 weeks and 7 months.
** Only thorough bred dogs will be welcomed and the preferred breed of the dog can either be a German Shepard, Border Collie, Rottweiler, Golden Retriever, Jack Russel, Labrador, Dutch Shepard, Blood Hound or Cocker Spaniel.
** Donors may contact their nearest police station to facilitate the donation.