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Vt. State Police trooper and dog tops in state

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont State Police trooper and her dog Casko are the top team of officer and canine in the state for the second time in three years.

Senior Trooper Michelle LeBlanc, who is assigned to the Williston barracks, won the award, which is presented to the team that shows outstanding proficiency in all areas of police K-9 functions in training and in on-duty performance.

Casko is a German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois cross. It can patrol, detect drugs and tracking missing and wanted people. Vermont has 38 active teams of police dogs. LeBlanc is a 1992 graduate of Norwich University who spent five years in the Army. She's been with the state police for 11 years. LeBlanc tells the Burlington Free Press Casko is "able to do anything."

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