MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – The Morris County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff James M. Gannon has announced that Detective Corporal Michael McMahon and K9 Kai has earned the Protection Sports Association (PSA) 3 certification.
“This is no easy task and is reserved for the most elite Canine teams. With this certification, Detective Corporal McMahon and Canine Kai become the 32nd team ever to earn this title,” Gannon said.
Protection Sports Association (PSA) is an outlet for competition in canine obedience and controlled protection. PSA certification is broken into various levels that are postured incrementally as the canine team completes each portion (PSA 1, 2, and 3). PSA hosts various events throughout the country to recognize achievement and promote competition with club trials and championship tournaments. PSA encourages training excellence, sportsmanship, and integrity throughout the dog training community, Gannon said.
Detective Corporal McMahon has been participating in PSA for over a decade as a canine handler, competitor, and recognized decoy. Detective Corporal McMahon and Canine Kai previously certified in PSA Level 1 in 2019, and both legs of PSA Level 2 certification in 2021. After completing the first leg of PSA Level 3 certification in October, he completed the certification in November 2022.
Here is the timeline for Detective Corporal McMahon and Canine Kai’s achievements at PSA events:
- PSA Level 1 – 2019
- PSA Level 2 (Leg 1 and 2) – 2021
- PSA Level 3 (Leg 1 and 2) – 2022
Additionally, Detective Corporal McMahon and Canine Kai have earned this title of PSA 3 National Champions with the following awards:
- High Protection
- High Obedience
- Decoy’s Choice Dog
- PSA 3 High Score for the 2022 Season
“Congratulations and great job Detective Corporal Michael McMahon and Canine Kai,” Gannon said.