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Galt police dog Frenchy wins at Lodi K-9 Trials; 35 canine units compete

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Posted: Monday, September 10, 2001 10:00 pm

Galt police took home top honors in Saturday's K-9 Trials, a regional police dog competition, at Lodi's Tony Zupo Field.

Frenchy, a Belgian Malinois owned by Galt officer Brian Winsor, placed first in the protection category and third in agility, Winsor said.

"His dog had a phenomenal day," said Cpl. Chris Jacobsen, canine unit trainer for the Lodi Police Department, who organized Saturday's trials. "That's a real good dog - Frenchy."

Some 35 canine units from as far away as the Bay Area and Washoe County, Nev., participated. Lodi police had three participants - Tosca, a female Dutch shepherd owned by officer Brian Freeman; Sam, a female German shepherd owned by officer Deedee Dutra; and Solo, also a German shepherd owned by officer Ken Slater.

Tosca and Sam placed in the top 15, Jacobsen said.

In the protection contest, it was Frenchy's job to apprehend a "suspect" who fired blank gunshots at Winsor. Frenchy had to demonstrate his ability to capture the suspect, show courage and retreat when he was called away from the suspect, Winsor said.

In the agility competition, dogs maneuvered through tunnels, jumped over an eight-foot-high fence, jumped through windows, climbed ladders and negotiated a swinging bridge and a stack of barrels.

Frenchy didn't place in the obedience or search categories.

In fact, the "search" was so difficult - finding a suspect hiding in a dumpster within 90 seconds - all 35 canine units scored a zero, Winsor said.

Lodi's three canine units did a good job, but they weren't "flashy" enough to win the trials, Jacobsen said.

"They did Lodi proud," he said.

Frenchy was born and trained in France. He has had four handlers, two with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and two with Galt police.

The sheriff's department sold Frenchy to Galt about two years ago for $6,500. He worked with officer Nick Welton initially, but he switched to Winsor when Welton left Galt to join the Lodi Police Department last year.

Trained in protection and certified in detecting narcotics, Frenchy has participated in about 70 arrests over a four-year period for the Galt police and Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Winsor said.

On Saturday, the Manteca Police Department took home the "chief's award," presented to the law enforcement agency that had the two top performing dogs.

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