815 Wheeler Avenue      Huntsville, Alabama  35801

Lewis Morris
Chief of Police
(256) 427-7001
Dr. Harry Hobbs
Communications Relations Officer
(256) 427-7043


Huntsville Police K-9 Team Re-Certified


Huntsville, Alabama (April 16, 2013) Recently, the Huntsville Police Departmentís K9 Teams participated in the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Certification Trials which were held April 7, 2013, through April 12, 2013.  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 Huntsville, Alabama hosted by the Huntsville 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 trials.

The following officers and their canine partners attained yearly certifications at the trials:


Officer William Gray & K-9 Si Four                 PD1 & Explosives Detection

Officer C. Upton & K-9 Boone                        PD1 & Narcotics Detection

Officer C. Schrader & K-9 Axle                       PD1 & Narcotics Detection

Officer M. Saltzman & K-9 Jaeger                   PD1 & Narcotics Detection

Officer K. Lambert & K-9 Cajun                     PD1 & Narcotics Detection

Officer G. Nikonchuk & K-9 Caesar                PD1 & Narcotics Detection

Officer J. Stubbs & K-9 Han                            PD1 & Narcotics Detection

Sergeant J. Huskey & K-9 Isis                         Explosives Detection


Officer Greg Nikonchuk & K-9 Caesar won 2nd Place in the Dual Purpose events which combined the scores for PD1 and Scent Detection. Officer Jeff Stubbs & K-9 Han won 1st Place in the Narcotics Detection Room Searches. Officer Cory Upton & K-9 Boone won 3rd Place in the Overall Narcotics Detection which combined Vehicle Searches and Room Searches, and they won 3rd Place in the Narcotics Detection Vehicle Searches. Officer Lambert & K-9 Cajun won 2nd Place in the PD1 Obedience Certification. Officer William Gray & K-9 Si Four won 1st Place in the Overall Explosive Detection events, and they won 2nd Place in both the Explosives Detection Room Searches and the Explosive Detection Vehicle Searches. Sergeant Jeff Huskey & K-9 Isis won 2nd Place in the Overall Explosive Detection events, and they won 1st Place in the Explosives Detection Parcel Search.