SARASOTA, FL. – January 8, 2017 – 2:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Sarasota Police K9 Officer Jake Nelson and his K9 partner, Bronson, competed in the inaugural Gulf Coast K9 Competition at Sun Splash Family Waterpark in Cape Coral hosted by the Cape Coral Police Department.
Officer Nelson and K9 Bronson were one of 19 teams from throughout the state of Florida who competed in various competitions that displayed K9 handling skills including an Obstacle Course, Hardest Hitting Dog Competition and Fastest Dog Competition. Other law enforcement agencies included the Cape Coral Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, North Port Police Department, Coral Gables Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol.
Officer Nelson and K9 Bronson won first place in the Obstacle Course section. The course consisted of up and over maneuvers, jumping through tunnels, shooting simulations and taking on a balance beam, both Officer and K9.
“Officer Nelson and K9 Bronson are an excellent team. They train hard and work diligently to catch criminals and keep the City of Sarasota safe,” said Sergeant Bruce King, supervisor of the Sarasota Police Department K9 Unit. “It’s nice when others get to see their bond and discipline get put to a test like the competition in Cape Coral this weekend,” said Sergeant King.
All proceeds and donations from the Gulf Coast K9 Competition will benefit the Cape Coral Animal Shelter, Paw for Patriots Foundation and Holidays for Heroes Foundation.