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Truckee Police drug dog, handler earn Western States award

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Seen here in a recent photo, Trax got off to a quick start for the TPD. On Oct. 2, 2013, his first night on the job, Trax found methamphetamine in someone’s car, getting his first arrest under his collar.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — This year, Truckee Police Department Officer Andrew Holbrook and his canine partner, Trax, competed in the Western States Police Canine Association Trials held in various cities across Northern California.

Competitions are for law enforcement narcotics detection teams and are designed to challenge the dog and handler in a competitive environment against other police agencies.

Competitions are timed events and points are awarded when the K-9 team “alerts” to narcotics hidden at various undisclosed locations within the challenge course. Additional points are granted based on the canine team’s search techniques and abilities.

Holbrook and Trax competed in five of the six K-9 trials this year. They earned eight awards, including two first-place finishes.

Based on their performance, the Western States Police Canine Association awarded Holbrook and Trax the “Top Narcotics Competitor of the Year” award for 2016.

“This is a remarkable accomplishment for the Truckee Police Department Canine Team,” said TPD Sgt. Danny Renfrow. “We are competing against several large law enforcement agencies with very established programs. Consistently, there are 25-30 teams at each competition, and for the Truckee Police Department to be awarded the Narcotics Top Competitor of the Western States just demonstrates the exceptional capabilities of Officer Andrew Holbrook and Trax.”

Trax joined the department in the fall of 2013 when he was 2 years old. Holbrook and Trax were the first Canine Team for the department, and the duo has grown the program into the success it is today from the ground level.

Initially, Trax has served by assisting in drug education programs and as a highly requested presence at several community events. Behind the scenes, Holbrook and Trax were honing their detection talents while maintaining all their public relations appearances.

“We are exceptionally proud of Officer Holbrook and Trax for their accomplishments and hard work,” state TPD Capt. Rob Leftwich. “Receiving such an honor from the Western States Police Canine Association is a testament to how talented this team really is. Trax has been a tremendous ambassador for our Department within the community; he obviously is very talented in his detection capabilities as well.”

If you would like information about having Trax attend an event or conduct a demonstration for a drug education program, Renfrow at drenfrow@townoftruckee.com.

This article was provided by the Truckee Police Canine Association. Visit facebook.com/TruckeePoliceCanineAssociation to learn more.