TOP DOG: Texarkana, Ark., police officer, K-9 take home top honors

TOP DOG: Texarkana, Ark., police officer, K-9 take home top honors
Recently, Texarkana Arkansas Police K-9 Officer Tanner Freeman with K-9 ‘Kashko’ attended the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 20 Canine certification and competition in Sherman, Texas. (Source: TAPD)

TEXARKANA, Ark. (KSLA) - Good dog, Kashko!

The week of April 19, Texarkana Arkansas Police K-9 Officer Tanner Freeman and K-9, Kashko, competed in the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 20 Canine certification and competition event in Sherman, Texas.

Both Freeman and Kashko, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, competed against 11 canine teams and placed within the top three in nearly every category, according to the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department.

“He lives with me, he is with me all the time. He is my responsibility. He comes to work with me every day. He is my coworker every night and he is a best friend to me. I couldn’t be more blessed to have him. I trust him a lot. We work together every day. I wouldn’t have anybody else with me,” said Freeman.

At the event, Kashko earned the Top Dog honors overall. Below is how the team placed in the following categories:

  • 1st place - obedience
  • 2nd place - narcotics detection
  • 2nd place - patrol
  • 3rd place - article search
  • 3rd place - suspect search
  • 5th place - agility

This was Kashko and Officer Freeman’s second regional trial and certification competition.

When not backing other officers on high-priority police calls. Officer Freeman and Kashko are preparing for certification training or working on a special event like festivals or the fair. Officer Freeman and Kashko share their talents assisting other law enforcement officers and agencies who continually call upon the team to help with traffic stops, drug detection, lost, wanted, and escaped subjects.
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Kashko was purchased using grant money from longtime TAPT supporter Julia Mobley with Commercial National Bank.

“I am blessed to have such a great partner to work with,” Officer Freeman said, in a news release. “Kashko makes work fun and enables me to assist other officers and agencies uniquely”.

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