Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office K-9 Wins Award

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By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Deputy Charles hoop is a K-9 officer with the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office. His dog Gator isn't just a police dog, Gator is Hoop’s partner.

"He's my partner. It's nice especially being a county deputy, we might be out in the middle of nowhere, if I need to make an arrest or just need that extra protection, I can bring him out and he's by my side, I can put him in a down, do what I need to do and know that I have that backup right there with me," said Deputy Charles Hoop.

This past week Hoop and Gator attended the Idaho Police Canine Conference in Lewiston. Forty teams from across the state also participated.

"It was the Idaho police canine association puts it on. We do it every year. Basically it's a chance for all of the canines in the state of Idaho to get together and train together," said Hoop.

Gator, a Belgian Malinois, brought home the first place award in the patrol division. Gator was tested in building searches, locating narcotics and tracking suspects.

"I'm excited. It's a lot of hard work that goes into working with the dog and for gator to perform as well as he did, I was on cloud nine. He just did outstanding," said Deputy Hoop.

The conference isn't just about the competition though.

"Basically the conference is just a network that we can create if we have any issues with our dogs or just need some advice, just a network of canines that we have, we can contact anyone in the state that is a canine officer," said Charles Hoop.

A K-9 that is a valuable member of the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office.


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