Gautier Officer and K-9 Compete in National Competition

Justice always prevails and is back home in Mississippi, after competing alongside a ruff crowd in the United States Police Canine Association’s National Police K-9 Competition last week.
News 25’s Laurene Callander caught up with Justice and his Gautier policeman handler, who is proud of his companion’s performance.
Dogs are known as man’s best friend, but this is one K-9 you really don’t want to mess with, especially if you’re on the wrong side of the law. Justice and his handler, Gautier Police Officer David Bever, just returned home after competing in a national K-9 competition in Illinois. “If I placed well I was happy. But I know how hard and how competitive it is that if I didn’t, I understood,” said Officer Bever.
Seventy police dogs from across the nation were judged in seven events, including obedience, agility, and evidence search. These are skills Justice continually trains for with his handler and friend. “I’m very proud of Justice,” said Officer Bever, “He’s a great dog. I wouldn’t give him up. I’ve turned down two promotions to keep him. I couldn’t have asked for a better dog than I have.”
The category Justice scored best in was evidence search. He was able to find an ID and handgun in about a minute. Officer Bever said, “I was a little intimidated until I saw them go first. When I saw their dogs go, I felt more confident my dog was better.”
Local businesses and the community rallied around this team. Pascagoula business owner Lazaro Rovira donated K-9 equipment before the duo left for nationals. “These K-9s and these police officers, they put their lives on the line for us every single day. They don’t make very, very good money. I think as a community we need to show them how much we appreciate their hard work,” said Rovira.
Officer Bever and Justice hope to win regionals next year and place in the national competition. As time passes, they continue to prepare to do just that as they team up to protect and serve the community each and every day.
Officer Bever and Justice have been paired up for the past year now. Justice stays with Bever 24/7, only making their bond stronger.

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