On Sept. 4, 5 and 6 Tama County Deputy Sheriff Joe Quandt and his K9 partner "Nikki" attended a regional certification and competition event with the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), which was held in Sioux City.
This regional event tested and judged police dogs and their handlers from across the State of Iowa. These "teams" were tested and judged in obedience, agility, evidence searches, suspect searches, criminal apprehensions (with & without gunfire), and handler protection.
This year, K9 Nikki achieved an overall score of 684.68 out of 700, which won her the "Top Dog" award and first place overall score from the entire event.
Tama County Sheriff’s Office K9 “Nikki” is shown with the first place award received during the recent U.S. Police Assoc. event in Sioux City.
K9 Nikki is a "dual purpose" patrol dog and certifies annually with the USPCA in both Police Dog 1 & Narcotics Detection.
K9 Nikki is a five year old female Belgian Malinois and was purchased from North Iowa K9 in Fort Dodge around three years ago with donations from organizations and citizens from our county. Ongoing donations are also greatly appreciated and keep our canine program going!