Saturday, May 11, 2019


Top narcotics detection K-9s from Mid-Hudson

ALBANY – The top two police K-9s in the national field trials for the United States Police Canine Association competitions hail from the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Jennifer Culver and K-9 Rumulus of the Town of Saugerties Police was the top overall finisher in the narcotics detection competition as part of the 2019 National Detector Dog Trials.

Michael Muller and K-9 Maverick of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office placed second.

Muller and his two-year-old dog Maverick, a Malinois/German shepherd mix, were outside the hotel preparing to run through a narcotics test search early Tuesday morning. Muller said he joined the department’s K-9 unit, one of the most sought after assignments, just 18 months ago. He asked to participate in the trials after receiving a perfect score at a regional competition. “We scored a 100 on everything, it just came down to time,” he said as Maverick paced in circles around his legs. “It’s fun.”

The other 13 top finishers in the narcotics detection competition came from several other states.

There were also competitions in explosives and accelerant detection.


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