CBP Office of Field Operations Canine Officer Earns Top Dog Recognition in Recent Competition
LAREDO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations, Laredo Port of Entry recently participated and earned first place recognition in the Fourth Annual United Independent School District Police Department K9 team competition.
“We are extremely proud of our canine handler, CBP Officer Joseph Mills, and his narcotic detection dog “Lola” for getting first place in the competition,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “I also congratulate our CBP Canine Training and Development staff as they ensure that our canine handlers are up to date with their current certifications and training requirements in order to intercept dangerous drugs at our port of entry.”
On May 28, 2018 a total of 38 local and out of town law enforcement canine teams competed to be named the “Top Dog” in the areas of accurate, timed searches for narcotics.
Each canine team searched a course that contained 100 objects for three minutes or less. Some articles contained two types of controlled substances and the canine handlers had to indicate whether their narcotics detector dog was alerting to the presence of marijuana or cocaine.
Teams were judged based on a points-scoring system: marijuana was worth 50 points and cocaine was worth 100 points.
The canine handlers had to strive to accumulate points as they tried to beat the clock. If an alert was called on an object and narcotics were not present, the team would lose 50 points. If a tie in points occurred then the fastest time for the first alert called would break the tie.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.