K9 demonstration

Leonard Kerszykowski and his K-9 Dozer are one of five Gila County Sheriff’s Office teams participating in the free public demonstration Tuesday, July 16 at the Payson Event Center.

The Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association (ALECA) is returning to where it all started this week.

The 27th Annual ALECA Canine Officer Survival Seminar started in Payson in 1993.

As part of this weeklong seminar, in conjunction with the Payson Police Department and Gila County Sheriff’s Office, ALECA presents a free K-9 demonstration for the public to come out and enjoy today, July 16.

Gates at the Payson Event Center open at 5 p.m., with demonstrations starting at 6 p.m. and continuing for an hour to 90 minutes.

The demonstration features lots of police K-9s showing off their skills in obedience, detection work, and of course, “takin’ down the bad guys,” which includes a “tough dog” competition.

Gila County Sheriff’s Office teams at the event include Commander Travis Baxley and Miclo along with Deputies Elliana Cabrera and Felix, James Cross and Falco, Joseph Bramlet and Arco and Leonard Kerszykowski and Dozer.

This is a competition of the hardest hitting K-9s from the demonstration each getting a big running start to hit the decoy.

The event is free, but as a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, AELCA will gratefully accept donations at the gate.

Food, drinks, K-9 souvenirs and more will be available for purchase (money from all donations and sales go directly to ALECA to help fund training and demonstrations; donations and purchases are tax deductible, subject to tax laws; non-profit tax ID number available on request).

In the event of inclement weather, mainly standing water or rain, the demonstration may relocate to the Rumsey 2 ballfield near Taylor Pool. Should that be necessary, sales of merchandise and specific types of activities may be modified or removed from the demonstration.

For more information, visit the Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association Facebook page.

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