Night out against crime draws huge crowd

CLEARWATER – Few events promote the abilities and the modern day use of a police work dog than a public demonstration.
During Tuesday's National Night Out Against Crime, police public information officer Rob Shaw captured this photo of Blue, a member of the mounted police unit who is ridden by Nancy Miller, rubbing noses with a Barpal, a Southeastern Guide Dog.
Shaw also captured a photo of 3-year-old Buck, a member of the city's K-9 unit, during an attack drill. Buck demonstrated his aptitude, agility and tracking capabilities by successfully capturing city police officer Mike Spitaleri.
The event, designed to promote awareness, support and participate in anti-crime efforts, and encourage contact with neighbors and local law enforcement, drew a crowd of nearly 3,000, according to Shaw.
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