The Sierra K-9 Trial is a law enforcement canine and handler competition hosted by the Tulare County Sheriff's Office and the Visalia Police Department K-9 Units. Portions of this competition are open to the public to watch as each handler demonstrates their K-9 partner's agility, obedience and training.
The competition will be held April 27 (closed to the public) and April 28 (open to the public). Officers come from around the state to compete and receive their awards at the awards banquet April 28.
Sheriff and Police Explorers and Volunteers in Patrol are also a large part of the event as they provide food and merchandise booths, parking and assistance with the set up and breakdown for the event. Money raised from the food and merchandise booths help support the trials.
The 2018 Sierra K-9 Trial, will be held at Central Valley Christian High School, 5600 W. Tulare Ave., Visalia. The day for public viewing will be Saturday, April 28, starting at 8 a.m. Admission is free. No outside pets are allowed on the premises, due to the distraction to the service dogs.
The Sierra K-9 Association of Tulare County is a non-profit group that helps raise the money needed to host the event. Currently they are soliciting donations to help purchase trophies, supplies and banquet facilities. If you would like to help or learn more about or enter the Sierra K-9 Trial, please contact:
Sgt. Joseph England
Tulare County Sheriff's Office
Office (559) 802-9400
Sgt. Chris Jennings
Visalia Police Department
Office (559) 713-4161