On August 29, 2015, several Charles County Sheriff’s Office K-9 teams were honored by the United States Police Canine Association, Inc. (USPCA) at the Region III Annual Awards Banquet for 2014. The USPCA was established in 1971 when the Police K-9 Association and the United States K-9 Association merged. It is the largest and oldest active organization of its kind.

Teams received the following awards for competitions which took place in 2014:

  • Narcotics Detector, March 15, 2014, Herndon, VA:
    • 1st Place: Sgt. Ralph Nasatka & K9 Erno
    • 2nd Place (Tie): Cpl. Calvin Roberts & K9 Rex
    • 1st Place Team: Sgt. Ralph Nasatka & K9 Erno, M/Cpl. John Freeman & K9 Brix, Cpl. Calvin Roberts & K9 Rex
  • Patrol Dog 1 Certification, April 6, 2014, Alexandria, VA, 5th Place:
    • M/Cpl. John Freeman & K9 Brix
  • Region III Triple Crown Awards:
    • M/Cpl. John Freeman & K9 Brix
    • Pfc. Colby Shaw & K9 Denny
    • Pfc. Claude Clevenger & K9 Eno
    • Pfc. Larry Blake & K9 Max

Pfc. Darin Behm and Pfc. Claude Clevenger along with K9s Ryker and Eno were also recognized for a patrol case in May of 2014, during which three attempted murder suspects were successfully tracked and taken into custody.

“Our K9 teams continue to set a standard of excellent police work and we are very proud of what they accomplish for this agency on a day-to-day basis,” said Sheriff Berry. “Their exceptional dedication and achievements deserve to be recognized.”

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Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 and has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.      

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