Thousands attend 23rd annual K9 competition

The Top Dog award went to Springfield Police Officer Brian Keetle and his K9, Flex.

Posted: Jun. 16, 2018 10:37 PM
Updated: Jun. 16, 2018 10:39 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Thousands filled the bleachers at Silke Field in Springfield on Saturday, to get a look at some of the best police K9s in the state.

Thirteen teams from across Oregon competed in the 23rd Annual Springfield Police Department's K9 Competition.

The Top Dog award went to Springfield Police Officer Brian Keetle and his K9, Flex.

After the event was the very popular meet and greet session. Police said it's a fun way to interact with the community and to showcase their K9s' skills.

"They provide a huge public service. They go into areas where it's maybe not completely safe for humans to go and obviously they're really good and finding criminals," said Lt. Scott McKee, with the Springfield Police Dept. 

He said a lot of their K9's are completely paid for by the community through donations.

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