The United State Police Canine Association, Inc. hosted the 2019 National Field Trials in Flordia over the weekend, and one local sheriff's deputy and his partner took home first place.

Lieutenant Trace Erickson and his partner, Roman, took home first place at the national trials that are filled with some of the best duos across the nation.

The Fillmore County Sheffi's Office shared the photo of Lt. Erickson and Roman after the big win on their Facebook page. It is a great accomplishment to take home 1st place in a field of highly-trained K-9's.

These dogs are brilliant, and it takes hours of hard work, training, and companionship to come home with a prize like this. I grew up with a K-9, Bosco, who spent years working with my dad. They were quite the team and the love, obedience, and excitement these dogs bring to work every day is incredible.

Congrats, Lt. Erickson and Roman on the big win.

The Rochester Police Department also had a good showing at the event. The Olmsted-Rochester K9 Foundation reported the Rochester Police Department K-9 Unit took fifth place in the Top Department Team Award and Officer Clement and K9 Officer Wrecker took 7th in the individual competition. Individually, Officer Clement and K-9 Wrecker placed 2nd in Obedience and 7th place overall!

You can learn more about the USPCA HERE.