KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Many of them bravely patrol the streets while we sleep, and Saturday was a chance to recognize K-9 officers and their handlers.
The 2nd Annual Heartland Police Canine Competition gave people a chance to see police dogs compete against each other in a series of tests.
There were different courses to test the dog's obedience, speed and agility.
While most K-9's spend their time at home in a kennel, other officers say it's not as bad as it seems.
"We bring the dog with us for eight hours a night and we give them eight hours attention. I don't think too many people give their personal dogs eight hours of solid attention," said Ryan Sumner of the National Police Canine Association.
All of the dogs in Saturday’s competition serve two purposes. They're used to help track and bring down criminals, but are also trained in detecting drugs and explosives.