By: Nicole Acker
Police narcotics detection canine, Duke, has been recognized nationally and named a winner of the 18th annual Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE)
by the American Kennel Club (AKC®)
in the category of uniformed service K-9. AKC is a national organization founded in 1884 that advocates dogs as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. The annual awards
celebrate loyal, hard-working dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners and communities. There are five award categories to include Uniformed Service K-9, Service, Therapy, Search and Rescue, and Exemplary Companion dog.
Duke, a Doberman Pinscher, has been in service with his canine handler, Sergeant Ed Soares for two years. Duke is certified in narcotics detection and is part of the Menlo Park Police Special Investigation Unit (SIU)
deployed during traffic enforcement stops, parole and probation searches, and narcotics cases. Duke is an ambassador for his breed. He serves the community by attending educational functions at schools, community events and visiting hospitals where he meets children and community members the department serves. In 2016, the Doberman Pinscher Club of America
board and officers named Duke the club’s honorary mascot.
As an ACE
recipient, Sergeant Soares and Duke will receive $1,000 to be awarded to a pet-related charity of their choice, a one-year pet insurance policy from AKC Pet Insurance, and an engraved sterling silver medallion which will be presented to each canine award winner at the AKC National Championship in Orlando, Florida this December.