O'FALLON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A local police officer and his canine partner earned the title of "Top Dog" in Illinois and Missouri during the United States Police Canine Association Patrol Dog Trial and Certification.
O'Fallon Police Officer Thomas Thompson and his canine partner Ares took part in the United States Police Canine Association Patrol Dog Trial and Certification on June 8, 9, and 10 in O'Fallon, IL.
In order for Canine teams from both Illinois and Missouri to certify they had to pass a series of tough tests in the area of obedience, evidence recovery, suspect scent detection, agility, and suspect apprehension. All the challenges had to be done without a leash, which require Officer Thompson to be in complete control of Ares at all times.
Because of Officer Thompson's and Canine Ares' exceptional skills throughout the event, the team took first place earning them the title of "Top Dog."
The first place finish mean Officer Thompson and Ares are the number one police patrol dog for the United States Police Canine Association-Region 16.
Colonel Roy Joachimstaler, Chief of Police was very proud of the team.
“The O’Fallon Police Department has a long history of earning the title of the “Top Dog” for Police Patrol Dogs, and we are all very proud of Officer Thompson and his partner Ares for their accomplishment in continuing this rich tradition,” said Joachimstaler.