Wyoming Department of Corrections K-9 teams receive regional recognition

(Lusk, WY) – The Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) has issued the following release in regards to the WDOC K9 teams receiving regional recognition:

The United States Police Canine Association Region 14 Annual Certification was held in Lusk WY, on Saturday, May 15.

Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) was represented by Sergeant Jory Shoopman with K9 Zeke and Sergeant Randy Speiser with K9 Copper.


Both K9 teams did an outstanding job and placed first and second, respectively. USPCA Region 14 includes the states of Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Hawaii.

Annual Certifications in the disciplines of Patrol Work, Detection, and Tracking are hosted to measure that K-9 Teams across the United States are following carefully calculated standards. Region 14 is but one region in a large association.

Major Timothy Rysell who manages the Investigative Services Unit (ISU) said, “It is truly a pleasure to have not only one, but two outstanding K9 Teams. The WDOC and ISU are extremely proud of Sgt. Shoopman and Sgt. Speiser for their hard work and dedication to excellence in their field. I’ve personally trained and observed these two teams and know they are top-notch Narcotics Detection Teams. Congratulations to both of you.”

Sgt. Jory Shoopman and K9 Zeke won the “Top Dog” Kyle Hall Memorial Award for Outstanding Narcotic Detection Score. Sgt. Shoopman and K9 Zeke won this award in 2020 also. Sgt. Shoopman and K9 Hunter (who is now retired) won in 2019 and 2016.


Sgt. Randy Speiser and K9 Copper won the Kim “Joe” Clingan Outstanding K9 Team Award. This award is given out during a Regional Certification to any team that Joe and his panel of Judges, believe has made the most improvement or has had to overcome adversity to keep the K9 Team mission ready.


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