CSP-Solano team wins a top honor at Defenders K-9 Trials

A K-9 team from CSP-Solano won a first overall award at the 2014 Defenders K-9 Trials, in which 39 police agencies from Northern California competed. The trials were organized by the Travis Defenders Association and the Western States Canine Association and hosted at Travis Air Force Base.

The events centered on detection of explosives and drugs, and featured 32 narcotics dogs and 11 bomb dogs from the various agencies.

Among the competitors were three CDCR K-9 Officers, including a team from California State Prison-Solano – “Blue” and his handler, Correctional Officer Macaria Orgazan.  Blue, a Dutch shepherd, turned 9 years old on May 25.

K9 Blue

K-9 Officer Blue

The first event was a search of a large warehouse, and the participants were given five minutes to complete a search for narcotics. When the K-9 alerted to the odor of narcotics, the handler informed the judges of the specific location of the alert and then proceeded to the next find. If the K-9 gave a false alert, the team was penalized 25 points.  There were four finds in the warehouse, and “Blue” alerted on all four with no false alerts.

The second part of the competition was a search of four large military vehicles.  Participants had four minutes to locate four finds. “Blue” alerted on all four with no false alerts.

The scores from the searches were combined, and “Blue” and his handler Officer Orgazan placed first overall.


3 Responses

  1. B.McMaster Friday, June 13, 2014 / 5:18 pm

    Officer Orgazan, a K-9 officer is only as good as his or her handler. You have displayed tremendous skill and determination that has motivated your partner Blue to excel. Congratulations. You two rock.

  2. Valerie Estrella Thursday, June 12, 2014 / 9:14 pm

    Congratulations Officer Orgazan and Blue! All of your hard work has paid off. This is quite the accomplishment for you. Wishing you all the best in the future.

  3. Heather Shirley Friday, June 6, 2014 / 7:16 pm

    Congratulations Officer Orgazan and Blue! Thanks for representing us so well out in the law enforcement community!

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