LA CROSSE, Wis. -

La Crosse police Officer Casey Rossman and his K9 Brutus finished in first place and earned a perfect score in the United States Police Canine Association’s drug detector course on December 1 in Duluth, Minnesota.

The La Crosse team competed against 39 other police K9 units during the drug detector course, which measures for speed, accuracy and obedience.

As part of the competition, which was hosted by the Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin, each team had to search two rooms.

The La Crosse Police Department says earlier this fall, K9 Officer Brutus and Officer Rossman  were certified for the Schutzhund VSK in Mindoro, Wisconsin. It’s an internationally recognized Police K-9 certification that tests for obedience, agility and protection.  

Brutus scored the highest of all the dogs in the competition. He was also the fastest dog in the suspect apprehension portion, traveling 50 yards in 3.3 seconds. Brutus and Officer Rossman won a medal for the fastest K9 team in the 300 yard team sprint, finishing in 46 seconds. The K9 unit won a total of three medals and a VSK title.

La Crosse police say Brutus is responsible for dozens of drug-related arrests. Brutus and Officer Rossman train monthly with the Great River Working Dog Association (GRWDA) with other K9s.