LAKE WALES (FOX 13) - Officers in Polk County have some serious bragging rights. The Lakeland and Lake Wales K-9 teams finished in first and second place in a national competition, respectively.
The United States Police Canine Association Patrol Dog national field trial was held in Springfield, Illinois last month.
Lakeland officer Chad Whitaker and his K-9 partner "Nox" won the trial by scoring an unprecedented 696.51 points out of a possible 700, making Chad and Nox's scores some of the highest on record, according to LPD.
Lake Wales officer Chad Landry and his K-9 "Badge" finished the competition with a total score of 687.34 out of the allotted 700 points, good enough for second place.
In the video here, FOX 13 photojournalist Lucas Bogg headed out to Polk County to see what goes into K-9 training.