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Mississippi K-9s go through certification process

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Some of Mississippi's most lethal K-9's are competing for high honors this week at the state fairgrounds.

Twenty-four canines are taking part in the 2014 United States K-9 Association Certification process. The first exam, sniff out the drugs hidden in the trunks of cars.

"They're being tested on their narcotics detection ability, explosives," said Hinds County Chief Deputy Chris Picou. "We even have a cadaver dog that has to be tested. They're also being tested in patrol functions, obedience, ability to do obstacles, suspect search."

The dogs receive points for how well they do in each event. In the end, each dog needs to be certified every year, so every case they help make, holds up in court.

These are very expensive pieces of crime fighting equipment. Each one costs about $15,000.00.

"It's my opinion they're one of the most important tools we have," said Picou. "They're able to locate things we can never locate, suspects we can't find. They will protect their handlers and they're the only weapon we can deploy and stop midway and make them come back. That's important for us."

The Hinds county sheriff's departments K-9's named Liberty and Chaplin are both in the competition, as well as dogs from Pearl, and Madison.

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