Officials of the Department for Specialized Training and Canine Services took part in the regular open tournament among dog handlers of law enforcement agencies and non-state security firms in memory of Dmytro Kaplunov, the Hero of Ukraine, and Colonel of the Security Service of Ukraine, which took place on May 15 this year on the basis of the Mezhyhirya National Park.
The participants of the competition were representatives of canine units of the National Police of Ukraine, the National Guard of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, the State Customs Service of Ukraine, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and private security agencies.
From the State Customs Service, the participants of the tournament were the canine teams:
Vladyslav Hrabovskyi with the Belgian Shepherd “Hrad” – the Department for Specialized Training and Canine Service;
Andrii Yarish with the Belgian Shepherd “Jenestra” – Odesa Customs;
Kostiantyn Maliar with a Belgian Shepherd “Botsman”
The competition was held under the Dog Detector Service program.
Dog handlers, along with their four-legged companions, competed in the search for explosives, weapons and drugs.
In general, all participants professionally and skillfully passed all the tests.
In the overall standings of the 24 canine teams for the search for narcotic drugs, Konstantin Maliar took 19th place, and Vladyslav Hrabovskyi took 16th place. Andrii Yarish became a bronze medalist and, by the decision of the judging committee, together with the service dog “Jenestra”, was recognized as the best canine team of the drug search tournament. We congratulate the dog handlers and their wards and wish them further success, do not stop there, constantly improve their professional knowledge and skills.