Lenexa K-9 squad nationally recognized - KCTV5

Lenexa K-9 squad nationally recognized

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The Lenexa Police Department is leading the nation when it comes to training K-9 cops.

The K-9 unit recently attended a national seminar through the National Police Canine Association in Ft. Myers, FL, competing against some large-city police departments.

"It is a weeklong deal where we train all week long, and at the end they hold a national competition," Cpl. Ryan Sumner said.

However, Sumner said the competition was not easy. Participants had to carry their dog and crawl through a tunnel.

"You had to run with the dog while firing a blank gun. You had to send the dog after a bad guy, when he got halfway there, you had to call him back to you," he said.

And after all that, it wasn't over for the dogs.

K-9 officers had to run after the bad guy, bite them, then run back more than 50 yards to their handler while being timed.

"When you consider little 'ol Lenexa goes to some of these competitions, and there are these big agencies, we're taking home awards each year. This year, officer (Jim) Harris and K-9 Speedy took first place in the patrol competition," Sumner said.

The K-9 officers on the force are dual-purpose dogs.

"A dual-purpose dog is a patrol dog, which is a criminal apprehension dog and then a narcotics dog, which is a dog that finds, at least in Lenexa, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and heroin," Sumner said.

Wrecker and his handler took home fifth place in the narcotics competition. The K-9 has been on the force for about four months. His placement among the ranks nationally is a huge accomplishment.

Sumner said at the end of the week, during the awards ceremony, the emcee commented on the force that is to be reckoned with.

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