Press Release: Thomasville Police Department
The week of May 20-24 was the annual certification for the Thomasville Police Department K9 Unit. Each year the unit participates in a certification through the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA). This is a demanding certification that judges not only the dog, but the handler as well.
The certification covers both patrol and detection aspects of the dog teams. Most handlers attempt to certify in either patrol or detection due to the extreme stress and rigorous standards of the USPCA. However, some handlers elect to do a dual certification, which tests them on both areas during the same event.
This is extremely demanding and stressful for both the dog and handler. This year, TPD’s canine teams participated in the dual certification in Sebring Florida.
Officer Daniel Powers and his partner Hado received the Susan Rogers award during the trials. This award is presented to the team with the highest dual certification score. Out of every team present for the trials, Officer Powers and Hado led the way with a patrol score of 665 (out of 700) and a detector score of 191 (out of 200).
These scores reflect Officer Powers’ tireless dedication to his duties as a canine handler. Officer Powers’ professionalism and positive attitude were a great reflection on the Thomasville Police Department and the City of Thomasville. As a result of his outstanding performance, Officer Powers received several trophies, as well as a plaque that will be displayed at the Police Department until next year’s certifications.
Officer Powers has been a member of the canine unit since 2009; and his partner is Hado, a five year old German Shepherd.