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Sarasota Police K-9 team wins top honors

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Sarasota Police Officer Sean Gleason and his canine partner Hixon were voted Top K-9 Team in the Explosives Division and Narcotics Division during the 16th Annual Bomb and Drug Detection seminar Sarasota Police Officer Sean Gleason and his canine partner Hixon were voted Top K-9 Team in the Explosives Division and Narcotics Division during the 16th Annual Bomb and Drug Detection seminar
SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Sarasota Police have good reason to brag after one of the department's K-9 teams was honored with the "Top K-9 Team" in a competition that attracted teams from across the country.

Sarasota Police Officer Sean Gleason and his canine partner Hixon were voted Top K-9 Team in the Explosives Division and Narcotics Division during the 16th Annual Bomb and Drug Detection seminar in Daytona Beach on Nov. 11-14, 2013.

“I’m proud of Officer Gleason’s dedication to the program and his contribution as a trainer to the unit.  The award is something that is well earned and well deserved," said Sergeant Mick McHale.

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Officer Gleason attended the seminar with three other Sarasota Police Department K-9 teams. A total of 100 teams participated.

Field training exercises were held in  storage units, warehouses, vehicles, boats, an airport and a hotel. The seminar also included classroom instruction, field exercises and certifications for proper handling of K-9s, hands on detection work, K-9 first aid, record keeping and practical scenarios.

The event was hosted by Southern Coast K-9.

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