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Four legged cops compete

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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The Folsom police showed off their finest this weekend as 300 people attended a competition that left tails wagging and kids smiling. The Folsom Police K9 Officer’s Association sponsored the Police K9 Competition on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Sutter Middle School in Folsom. Folsom Police Chief Cynthia Renaud said police dogs are used to assist officers in multiple situations. “Our K9s are a part of the family, but we use them as a tool,” Renaud said. “Many times we send them into certain situations because they have the ability to do things that humans can not.” She explained that dogs have a greater sense of smell and are able to find hidden bodies, drugs and other items within seconds to better assist officers protect people in dangerous and emergency situations. The competition brought out police and sheriff K9 teams from all over Northern California including 21 dogs from 10 different agencies. “This really builds bridges for the community,” said Mark Ulrich, Modesto County police officer who attended the event. “Folsom is a beautiful city and it’s always good for the community to meet the dogs and officers that keep them safe at night.” Many locals can out as well to watch the trained dogs go through various challenges to test their skills. Brothers Michael, 6, and Gabe, 7, Goette, attended the event with their parents and friends. The boys said they enjoyed meeting the dogs. “My favorite part is watching the dogs jump,” Michael said. Gabe said he has learned a lot from the Folsom Police officers in previous school presentations. “I like the Folsom policemen,” Gabe said. “They came to my school and taught me not to play with guns, and if we ever find a match, we need to take it to adults.” Trenton Soriano, 4, of Visalia came out with his family to watch the event. “I like to watch the dogs go under tunnels and roll over,” Soriano said. Proceeds from the event went to the Folsom Police K9 Officer's Association for the medical care of retired K9 partners.