SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Hundreds of neighbors gathered at Springfield High School's Silke Field Saturday to rally support behind Oregon's finest four-legged and two-legged officers.
Springfield Police hosted their 26th annual K9 competition where police dogs and their handlers from counties all over state came to put on a show for the viewing audience.
Daren Kendrick is a K9 handler for the department and he says the event is something he looks forward to every year.
"We filled Silke Field," Kendrick said. "Every time a dog does something - the roar of the crowd starts. Every time a handler stumbles - the crowd gets behind them and it's a lot of fun."
Dog teams participated in agility tests, mock drug searches, and even suspect apprehension.
Springfield Police currently has five K9s and Kendrick says they are a great tool for the department. He says Springfield is stronger for having them.
"They're a locating device we use to find people or find evidence or find drugs or what not," Kendrick continued. "We started (using therm) in 1981 and if they weren't beneficial to the department we would have given up on them years ago."
Concessions were sold by Addi's Diner with 100% of the proceeds going toward Springfield Police K9 units.
Those funds will help buy equipment for the dogs as well as equipment for the cars that the K9s ride in.
The day attracted hundreds of people and Kendrick says the department is already looking forward to next year.
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