K9 and Handler earn top ranking in narcotics detection

K9 Kayne and Handler Sergeant Pond Courtesy: Walton County Sheriff's Office

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A local K9 and his handler made a big accomplishment.

According to officials from the Walton County Sheriff's Office, K9 Kayne and Sergeant Kristin Pond won first place in vehicle narcotics detection, third place in room narcotics detection, and placed second within inter-department teams.

Kayne and Pond were invited to the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) National K9 Trials in New Jersey in May.

Kayne narrowly missed the title of Region 1 Top Dog by .67 of a point.

More than 40 teams from Florida and Alabama entered the competition.

Deputy Damon Byrd and K9 Jester along with Deputy Steven Tector and K9 Drago earned USPCA Certification for Patrol Dog 1.

"We’re proud of our entire team and what they’ve been able to accomplish,” Sheriff Michael Adkinson said in a press release. “Even with all the changes to the unit in the past year they are still representing our agency at the top level!”