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Drug Sniffing Canine Trials

dog sniffing suitcaseOn October 27 the Gaithersburg Police Department hosted a police canine narcotics certification mini-trial for the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA). The USPCA is the organization that certifies competency in tasks that police canines are trained to perform.

A “mini-trial” limits the number of normal participating area canine teams to 15, in attempts to receive certification through the USPCA in narcotics detection. The trial is made up of two parts:
• Drug detection in vehicles
• Drug detection in buildings.

The event was conducted at both Diamond Elementary School for building searches and the City of Gaithersburg Public Works Facility for vehicle searches.

For more information about USPCA Region Three please visit For more on the Gaithersburg Police Department please visit

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