Several Metro officers and their K-9 partners are gearing up for the Las Vegas Police K-9 Trials.
The 22nd annual police dog competition is set to take place at the Orleans Arena on Oct. 21.
Metro's K-9 unit is an important part of the department.
The dogs search for suspects, lost victims and evidence that suspects may have discarded.
They are also trained to locate marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin and explosive materials.
Metro has one of the oldest continuously operating K-9 teams in the country.
It was founded back in 1961.
The LVMPD K-9 Detail currently has 21 officers and 21 patrol dogs.
The K-9 trials give officers the chance to demonstrate just how skilled their dogs are and what they're capable of.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit http://www.lvmpdk9.com/.
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