Saturday, December 2, 2023

Southlake Police K9 Officer and Partner Duco Receive Top Honors

Congratulations to Southlake Police K9 Officer Nate Anderson and his partner Duco for receiving the Top Patrol Dog award at the annual K9 conference held in Dallas.

Officer Anderson and Duco recently attended a conference hosted by the North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA) to obtain their annual re-certification. There were approximately 26 teams in attendance. Following the conference and certification process, awards were given out for three categories: Top Dog, for overall performance, Top Narcotics Dog and Top Patrol Dog. Duco and Officer Anderson were awarded Top Patrol Dog. The Top Patrol Dog award is based on performance for obedience, apprehension, tracking, and building and area search.

“It’s a great feeling to know that individuals with years of training and experience recognize your passion and hard work. It’s definitely a compliment to Duco and me as well as our training group,” said Officer Anderson.  Officer Anderson and Duco are credited with assisting the Southlake Police Department, and other police agencies, with numerous drug and suspect searches, as well as other crime-fighting cases. They have been partners since February 2015.

Officer Anderson and Duco are dual certified. In addition to their patrol certification, they carry a narcotics certification through the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDDA) program.

It is an honor to have this incredible team working for the Southlake Police Department and helping to keep our citizens safe. Congratulations again Officer Anderson and K9 partner Duco.

Police Officer of the Year Announced

Officer Briggs defines what it is to be a role model for the law enforcement profession. He exemplifies the City’s core values: Integrity, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork and Excellence. Chief James Brandon said, “He possesses an exceptional level of personal integrity, and consistently strives for excellence in all areas.”

Officer Briggs has a ‘can do’ attitude and succeeds in everything he does. He is a member of the North Tarrant Regional SWAT Team, and is also a part of the Southlake Police Department’s Honor Guard, representing the department at special events and the funerals of fallen officers. Officer Briggs serves as the primary ‘person crimes’ detective in the Criminal Investigation Division. “In this role he assists adult and child victims of violence, and does so with compassion and a relentless pursuit of justice,” said Chief Brandon.

Detective Robert Briggs and Police Chief James Brandon

Detective Robert Briggs and Police Chief James Brandon

Officer Briggs is a veteran who proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army in Afghanistan, and continues to serve in the Army reserves.   He is also pursuing his bachelor’s degree. All of these accomplishments reflect on Officer Briggs dedication and pursuit of excellence in his chosen profession. Even with all of his professional responsibilities he also manages to be a great husband and father of two young children.

Congratulations Detective Briggs for achieving this prestigious award by setting a good example to your peers, family and friends.