City / County K-9 Team Takes First Place at Trials


NEW HANOVER – The U.S. Police Canine Association PD-1 Certification trials, hosted by Carolina and Kure Beach Police Departments, concluded on Saturday at Ashley High School. New Hanover County Sheriff’s Sergeant Clay Benton partnered with the Wilmington Police K-9 Unit to form a four-person team and won first place honors.
The results from the combined effort are:
1st Place Team
Officer Stafford Brister & K-9 Igor (WPD)
Officer Dave Pellegrino & K-9 Deon (WPD)
Officer Carson Seitter & K-9 Huck (WPD)
Sergeant Clay Benton & K-9 Car (NHSO)
Sgt. Benton & K-9 Car
4th Place – Overall
3rd Place – Apprehension
3rd Place – Suspect Searches
Officer Brister & K-9 Igor
2nd Place – Overall
1st Place – Apprehension
Officer Pellegrino & K-9 Deon
1st Place – Article Searches (Perfect Score)
Congratuations to all K-9’s and their handlers for a successful competition and local representation.
Photo Credit – Kirti Vithalani (WPD)

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