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Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:26 am, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

Ever wanted to see a police dog subdue a subject or locate narcotics? Saturday is your chance.

This weekend, the Lodi Police Department is hosting the eighth annual Art O’Keefe Memorial Police Canine competition at Tony Zupo Field. It will feature canine officers from multiple police agencies in the region.

Handlers guide the dogs through a series of challenges, and the event concludes with scenarios in which the dogs run down and apprehend subjects wearing protective padding.

Although the event is free and open to the public, T-shirts are being sold to help raise money for the department’s canine unit. A snack bar operated by the LPD’s cadets will also be open to help raise funds. Money generated by the event will be used to pay for equipment and training for the Lodi Police Department’s Canine Unit.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tony Zupo Field is located at 350 N. Washington St.

Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at jordang@lodinews.com.

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