The St. Paul Police Department has gone to the dogs this week.

Or perhaps more accurately, the dogs have come to St. Paul.

The department is hosting the National Patrol Field Trials and Competition for police canines through Thursday. It's the 36th such competition held annually by the United States Police Canine Association.

Up to 150 canines from across the country, along with their handlers, will compete for top honors in seven law enforcement drills.

The home team, St. Paul's canines, has taken top department honors seven times.

For more information visit www.uspcak9.com.

This news story was provided by LexisNexis and originally appeared in the Minneapolis, Minn., Star Tribune.

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