Periodically, the U.S. Police Canine Association [USPCA] conducts police dog trials where trained dogs are put through a series of tests to gauge their skills. The trials also can include certification for the dogs and their human partners.
At the Feb. 13 O’Fallon City Council meeting, police officers Keith Lewis and Dominick Misuraca announced that the city of O’Fallon has again been selected as a location for Police Dog Trials. The event is scheduled for June 11-14 and is open for the public to attend.
The city hosted a similar event in June 2016. The 2020 events will be in Westoff Park, T.R. Hughes/Cool Springs Field, and CarShield Field.
USPCA was established in 1971, with national and regional offices. Police dogs are trained and used for a wide variety of skills, including police patrol, tracking, narcotics detection, explosive detection, evidence detection, contraband detection, human scent detection, game detection, cadaver detection, and accelerant detection.
In addition to the testing of numerous skills both with and without gunfire [blanks], the trials will include “apprehension” tests, where dogs must chase down and subdue humans in protective gear.
Organizers currently are exploring having vendors, food trucks, and other amenities available to the public. In the coming months as details are defined, updates will be available on www.ofallon.mo.us.