BR police dogs win top honors in contest

Omega, Gunner and Ranger were among the Baton Rouge police German shepherds that came away with honors at a Friday afternoon awards show following a week of competition in the United States Police Canine Region 10 field trials.

The three-day competition, hosted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, featured dogs from agencies around the parish, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

Baton Rouge police dogs came away winners during Friday’s awards ceremony at the L’Auberge Casino & Hotel. The competition ended on Thursday.

Omega won the “Top Dog” award, along with handler Cpl. Kirt Allen, a Baton Rouge police officer, McKneely said.

Gino, Bam-Bam and Ranger finished third, fourth and fifth in the top patrol dog category.

Gunner won the sportsmanship award, along with handler Sgt. Scott Montgomery, also a BRPD officer.

Tag, Cane, Ranger and Prada were among winners of other categories such as agility, scent work and drug sniffing, McKneely said.