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Pekin places 1st in national police K9 contest

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PEKIN, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

When it comes to police K9s, Pekin tops the heap.

Pekin K9 Ahen won the Aftermath K9 Grant. The contest featured more than 3,300 police departments and garnered more than 330,000 votes. 

"The grant will help maintain our K9 unit to better serve our community. We would like to thank everyone who voted and are thrilled by the support of not only our immediate community but those who supported us nationally," said the Pekin Police Department in a Facebook post. 

The Pekin Police Department will receive a $5,000 prize.

The Avon Police Department's K9 dog, Draego, placed fourth nationally. The department will receive a $2,000 prize they said will be used toward training aids for Draego. 

Find out more about the contest here

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