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January 29, 2016

Gloucester Township to host about 150 police K-9 teams for national competition

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Police K-9 teams from all over the nation, and Canada, will come to Gloucester Township, Camden County, in September to compete in the 2016 United States Police Canine Association National Patrol Dog Trials, the Gloucester Township Police Department (GTPD) announced. 

Approximately 150 police K-9 teams will be tested in the areas of obedience, agility, evidence recovery, suspect search and criminal apprehension with and without gunfire.

The annual event will take place Sept. 25-30. 

"This is a great opportunity for the residents of South Jersey and Philadelphia to get a close look at the dedication and drive for perfection that goes into K-9 police work," Mayor David Mayer said in a statement. 

"Gloucester Township couldn’t be more honored to be the 2016 host. This will be an exciting event filled with visual adventures as audience members watch the teams work tactically to conquer the courses on the fields."

The event will be funded by various means of fundraising, including an online campaign that will accept tax-deductible donations.

Read more about the event here.