HUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
815 Wheeler Avenue Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Interim Chief of Police
|Dr. Harry Hobbs|
Communications Relations Officer
Huntsville Police K-9 Team Re-Certified
Huntsville, Alabama (April 11, 2012) Recently, the Huntsville Police Departmentís K9 Teams participated in the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Certification Trials which were held March 25, 2012, through March 30, 2012. The USPCA is a national organization of current and retired Canine Handlers from across the nation which sets high standards for police canine teams and hold trials to insure that teams meet those standards. The Trials were held in Guntersville, Alabama hosted by the Guntersville Police Department.
The Huntsville Police Department is a member of USPCA Region 22 which includes Alabama, Georgia, and southern Tennessee. The Patrol Dog (PD 1) Certification events include obedience, agility, evidence search, suspect search, criminal apprehension without gunfire, and criminal apprehension with gunfire. Narcotics Detection Certifications and Explosive Detection Certifications events include vehicle searches, room searches, and parcel searches.
Four Huntsville Police
Department K-9 Teams participated in the dual purpose PD1 and Narcotics
Detection Certifications, and one Huntsville Police Department team participated
in the single purpose Explosives Detection Certification as required by
Huntsville Police Department Written Directives. K-9 teams from other
departments throughout the region also attained required certifications at the
The following officers and their canine partners attained yearly certifications at the trials:
Officer C. Upton & K-9 Boone PD1 & Narcotics Detection
Officer J. Rucker & K-9 Caesar PD1 & Narcotics Detection
Officer J. Balch & K-9 Cayden PD1 & Narcotics Detection
Officer C. Schrader & K-9 Axle PD1 & Narcotics Detection
Sergeant J. Huskey & K-9 Isis Explosives Detection
Officer Joshua Balch & K-9 Cayden won 1st Place in the Obedience event and 3rd Place in the Overall Search which scored the Evidence and Suspect Searches. Officer Chad Schrader won 2nd Place in the Narcotics Detection Vehicle Search. Sergeant Jeff Huskey & K-9 Isis won 1st Place in the Explosives Detection Parcel Search and 2nd Place in the Explosives Detection Vehicle Search.