Police from three states hold dog trials at LSU

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 8:01pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 1:06pm

The United States Police Canine Association is holding trials all week at LSU to see who's top dog.

It's part of the 400 hours that each police dog has to do to get certified for work on the street.

Police agencies from Arkansas, Florida and Texas joined local law enforcement in training their dogs.

Dogs learned how to find contraband, to sniff out explosives, and how to respond to commands.

Noel Salamone is a Captain with the Baton Rouge Police Department says it's a way for the public to come and see all the hard work these dogs do.

"The main purpose is to certify the dogs that way the public knows they are properly trained, that's why we do certification, so the public can be safe and secure knowing these dogs are doing what they're supposed to do," said Captain Salamone.

You can catch all the action of round two Thursday at LSU.

Head to the recreation fields on River Road at Gourrier Road for 8:00 a.m. to see "biting" exercises.

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