WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Hours spent training with our four-legged friends will be put to the test in September during the U.S. Police Canine Association National Field Trials.
But before that can happen, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit needs $40,000, since they were chosen to be the host organization this year.
Nationals is more than a competition and bragging rights though, it’s when each organization certifies their dog and handler.
“This is a chance to show that yes, the dog is more than capable of doing all of the tasks that we ask," said Cpl. Jason Cummings. "That’s what the certification is for. To prove credibility and proficiency.”
NHCSO is in charge of making sure all of the maintenance is done and bills paid before the tournament starts. They’ll be hosting fundraisers throughout the year and hope to have everything they need and more by the beginning of August.