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The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Police Canine Association is the newest organization associated with the AKC. The United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) is the largest and oldest police dog certification organization in the United States.

“AKC is honored to collaborate with the USPCA,’’ said AKC President and CEO Dennis B. Sprung. “They protect our citizens, strive to educate the public on many important dog-related topics, and are an integral part of communities. We are very proud to be affiliated with them as the nation’s oldest and largest Police K-9 organization.’

“Police K-9 Officers are an extremely important part of keeping our communities safe,” added Christopher Sweetwood, Ambassador for AKC Reunite’s Adopt a K-9 Cop Matching Grant Program, AKC Board member and delegate for the Trap Falls Kennel Club. “As someone who has been heavily involved with helping local police departments obtain K-9 officers, I am very proud to see the AKC support the efforts of the USPCA.”

“We are very excited to officially become associated with the AKC,” said Wayne Rothschild, President of the U.S. Police Canine Association. “K-9 officers and the training they go through are very important, and we’re thrilled to be able to share this with the AKC’s constituents. We hope to educate the public even more about what these amazing officers do.”

The USPCA and the AKC will work together to hold the first AKC detection dog competition, tentatively scheduled for this fall, in order to demonstrate to the public the training and skill that these purpose-bred K-9 officers and their handlers bring to the job of keeping our communities safe.

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