You can get an up-close look at the job of a police K9 this weekend.
Officers will be showing off their skills in the South Florida Police K9 Competition Saturday at Boynton Beach High School.
Officers and dogs from departments all over the region, and one from Mexico, will compete in skill and obstacle competitions.
Handlers say there are still things which amaze them about the dogs they work with.
"The public gets a front row seat to see what we can do on a day-to-day basis, and what we're doing out at night with these dogs searching for bad guys. A lot of people have no idea the capabilities of these dogs," explains Ofc. Brian Adams from the Boynton Beach Police Department.
The competition kicks off Saturday at 2 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m.
The event is free, but money raised from t-shirt and food sales goes to the Boynton Beach Police K9 unit to help pay for equipment and veterinarian care.