K-9’s compete in olympics event in Boardman

K-9 Olympics in Boardman

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The annual Ohio Police and Fire Games continued Tuesday with the K-9 competition.

The Boardman Police Department hosted the K-9 event at a field not far from their offices. The K9’s performed building and article searches, along with apprehension work.

The competition mimicked real life scenarios that dogs might face.

“Bad guy running through the woods throws a gun down. Trying to find a gun. This is what the dog does to do that,” Boardman Police Officer Michael Hughes said.

Hughes started the K-9 program in Boardman and was the handler for the department’s first police dog, Dino.

The Ohio Police and Fire Games are taking place through Thursday at various venues around Youngstown. This is the fourth time in the event’s 38-year history that the area has hosted them. The last time was 2003.

The games were brought to the area by the Mahoning Valley Police Chiefs Association. The K-9 competition continues Wednesday with narcotics and explosion events.

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