TAPD K-9 officer Kashko impresses at regional competition

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K-9 Unit Kashko — Courtesy:Texarkana Arkansas Police Department

TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department (TAPD) K-9 “Kashko” attended the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 20 Canine certification and competition in Sherman, Texas, and took home some awards.

Kashko, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois, placed in the following categories:

1st in obedience

3rd in the article search

3rd in criminal apprehension

3rd in suspect search

5th in agility

2nd in narcotics detection

2nd in patrol

Top dog overall

The certification tests all aspects of K-9 handling, including patrol functions and narcotics detection. Both Kashko and Officer Tanner Freeman have to work on these aspects to continuously pass and work together at TAPD. The certification process is weeklong testing and evaluation that includes several areas of assessment, and Kashko and Freeman competed against 12 other canine teams.

“I am blessed to have such a great partner to work with,” Freeman said. “Kashko makes work fun and enables me to assist other officers and agencies uniquely.”

Kashko and Freeman routinely assist officers on high-priority police calls, and also work on special events such as fairs and festivals. Kashko and Freeman also share their talents assisting other law enforcement officers and agencies who continually call upon the team to help with traffic stops, drug detection, lost, wanted, and escaped subjects.

Kashko did not respond to a written request when asked for comment on the awards.