Dynamic Duo Take Home Top Dog Honors
Anyone who knows Port of Portland Police Officer Charlie Berry and Jacky, her German Shorthair Pointer K9, knows they’re a topnotch team…but now they have the award to prove it!
Last Friday, the pair graduated from TSA’s Explosives Detection Canine Handler Course where they also took home the prestigious “Top Dog” award, given to a team that represents the best work ethic, effort and commitment while attending the National Explosive Detection Canine Team Program. In fact, when new K9 handlers attend the school, one of the first things they see is the Top Dog names on a perpetual plaque, highlighting handlers that went above and beyond to keep the public safe through deterrence and detection work.
“The award was quite a surprise and will forever be one of my proudest moments in my career,” Charlie shared. “As a young female in law enforcement, the odds are often times stacked against me with cultural and social norms, but I feel like that encourages and motivates me to strive to be the best at any new challenge I take on.”
“But I have to admit, there is no way I would be Top Dog without Jacky on the end of the leash. Canine work is difficult and humbling, yet so rewarding. Luckily I got a dog that just fit with my personality, work ethic and energy level.”
So what’s next for the award-winning explosive detection duo? They’ll be focused on TriMet’s MAX Red Line – using their paw-some teamwork to keep employees safe!