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November 16, 2004

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit has earned the highly-respected "Certificate of Excellence" as one of the best in the nation. In National Trials conducted by the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) last week in Huntsville, Alabama, a four-member team from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office finished fourth overall, out of 132 competing teams.

The same team, consisting of Sergeant Bob Dudley and "Rocky;" Deputy Kristin Pond and "Laser;"Deputy Ron Kimble and "Valko;" and Deputy Steve Weyer and "Kody," had previously placed second at the regional level in March.

The unit's trip to Huntsville for the national trials was supported by donations from the following individuals and businesses: Mr. Scott Rosenheim; Waffle House, Inc.; Rhodes Auto Repair; Mr. Trip Tolbert; Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club; Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #44; and Beach Zone.

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for more information contact Sgt. Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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