Every dog has his day and for Orange Police Department K-9 Loki, it was July 28, when the 5-year-old German Shepherd from Czechoslovakia won best overall in the Connecticut K-9 Olympics. Under the supervision of his handler, police officer Christopher Brown, Loki aced the charity event that included 35 teams. To win, Loki nailed it in categories such as obedience, obstacles, criminal apprehension, building search. Brown said he knew they were doing well, but, \u201cI wasn\u2019t sure I was going to win.\u201d \u201cWhen they called my name, I was in shock,\u201d Brown said. It\u2019s their third year competing and first year winning the top prize. As for 80-pound Loki, he got his favorite reward in the world: His mouth-sized rubber ball. Together, the pair got a plaque for their achievement. Police Chief Robert Gagne said the win was an \u201coutstanding achievement\u201d that has made the department and town \u201cvery proud.\u201d \u201cThey are a fantastic team and turned in a great performance,\u201d Gagne said. The Connecticut K-9 Olympics, put on by UConn, is a daylong competition involving K-9 units from local police departments, the Connecticut State Police, and the Department of Corrections, according to Olympics website. In this 27th year of the competition for charity, money raised goes to the Hometown Foundation (Special Olympics), the Children\u2019s Health Insurance Program, Shriners Children\u2019s Burn Centers and other police-related charities. Brown, a nine-year veteran of the force who lost his first K-9, Major, in an accident on Route 34 years ago, got Loki when the dog was about 1-year-old. Loki is named after a character in The Avengers, who is a mixture of both good guy and bad guy, Brown said. According to Marvel\u2019s website, Loki is known as \u201cGod of Mischief\u201d and brother to Thor. \u201cLoki\u2019s tricks and schemes wreak havoc across the realms,\u201d the website states. After losing Major, Brown wanted another K-9, visited the breeder and chose Loki because he was \u201cvery energetic, wants to work and is friendly.\u201d Brown grew up with dogs and now Loki is part of his own family. Although Loki gets along great with the family\u2019s tiny dog, Loki is not crazy about other dogs, Brown said. Loki is trained to track and find people and to apprehend criminals \u2014 so he bites the bad guys. Loki recently found a person who took off into the woods, but who couldn\u2019t be detected with thermal imaging tools, Brown said. He always goes home with Brown and has free reign of the house, but there is nowhere Loki would rather be than work, Brown said. The K-9 gets excited when he hears the rattle of Brown\u2019s cruiser keys. \u201cHe knows the difference,\u201d Brown said of the keys. \u201cHe\u2019s definitely a working dog,\u201d although also a good pet. While the K-9 team goes on special calls \u2014 including in other communities if needed \u2014 they are also on regular patrol, with Loki sitting in the back seat. The team also does special demonstrations at schools, camps and other events. \u201cIt\u2019s the best position in the police department,\u201d Brown said of being a K9 handler. \u201cI love it. You get to play with your dog at work.\u201d Brown, who said Loki\u2019s strength is obedience, also trains him on a course at the police station build as an Eagle Scout project. \u201cGoing to the K9 Olympics is a fun time,\u201d Brown said, noting he\u2019ll try to win again to at least tie a friend who won two years in a row. \u201cIt\u2019s a great event.\u201d Gagne, known for fairness, couldn\u2019t let his comments go by without mentioning the department\u2019s other dog, Trent, a narcotics-sniffing Labrador handled by officer Mary Bernegger. \u201cWe appreciate everything they do on a daily basis to help keep our community safe,\u201d Gagne said of the K9 department members.