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July 9, 2012

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Corporal Tim Frates and his K–9 partner Joka stand with the award they received for taking first place in the Agility portion of the USPCA Region 4 Trials held in Danvers, MA.

Two Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department officers took part in the 2012 United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 4 Canine Certification Trials, hosted by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department at Danvers High School.

Lending his extensive K–9 expertise to the event, Corporal Robert Connelly presided as one of the scoring judges for the trials, while Corporal Tim Frates participated with his partner “Joka” to become certified as a PD1 or Police Dog One, which means that the handler and K–9 meet or exceed the requirements to become a Level I Police Dog. To receive certification, entrants must show proficiency in four primary categories: Obedience, Agility, Evidence & Suspect Search, and Criminal Apprehension.

Joining the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department for the two–day event were members of the Boston Police Department, Essex County Sheriff’s Department, Milton Police Department, Gloucester Township Police Department in New Jersey, and members of law enforcement agencies from New Hampshire and Connecticut.

At the conclusion of the USPCA Trials, Corporal Frates and his partner Joka received PD1 certification and also garnered special recognition for taking first place in the Agility portion of the event.

Armed with his newly gained experience in navigating the trials as a first–time participant, Corporal Frates spoke about the challenging nature of the event and about his partner’s efforts in securing the certification.

“The PD1 is an optional K–9 certification for patrol K–9's,” said Corporal Frates. “It takes quite a bit of time to prepare for it and it is a great accomplishment if you certify. It was great to be a part of these trials and I’m proud of Joka for his performance.”

Dating back to August of 1971, the United States Canine Association became the largest and oldest active organization of it kind, “Ever striving for the Betterment of all Police K–9 Teams.”

Region 4 of the USPCA consists of the following states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The USPCA currently has 23 Regions and 2 Districts in the US and Canada.

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