TFPD officer Rivers and Buster take home top prize in K-9 competition


By Rachael Giffoni

TWIN FALLS, ID (KMVT-TV) A Twin Falls police officer has one top dog! Last weekend, Patrol Officer Ken Rivers and his canine Buster, took first place in the Patrol Trial, from the Idaho Police K-9 Association.

This is a competition for police canines and handlers from across the state. The animals are graded in obedience, agility, and drive, just to name a few things.

There was an estimated 76 other canines at the conference.

Buster is trained in both narcotics detection and apprehension.

He's underwent hundreds of hours of training, and this goes for his two-legged partner as well.

"Here in Idaho, just to be a handler, you have to have 400 hours of training, to have a dual-purpose dog, in addition to the basic handler course, that I’d already gone through with my first dog. I then went through the K-9 instruction course. I have almost 1,000 hours of post-certified instruction, just in the training and handling of police canines,” said Rivers.

Buster is three years old. He'll be able to be on the force for an estimated eight to nine years.

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