Police dogs from throughout California will compete Saturday at the 12th Annual Petaluma Police Canine Trials.

Dogs and their officers will compete in several areas including agility, searches, obedience and protection, Petaluma Sgt. Mark Hunter said.

The trials will start at 10 a.m. at Lucchesi Park in east Petaluma.

One of the most popular trials is the protection event, which will be held in the early afternoon, Hunter said. For that, dogs will be asked to overtake and subdue someone, demonstrating how they operate while on patrol with their officer.

Two Petaluma police dogs will participate in the day, Rico and Kilo. The dogs in June took high honors as a team and won the Sheriff?s Trophy award at the Sonoma County Sheriff?s Department annual canine trials, Hunter said.

There is no charge to watch the competition but there will be food and drinks for sale, local vender displays and a kids? area.

Money raised from the day will be used for the Petaluma police dog program.

Hunter said no other animals, other than service dogs will be allowed at the event.

The park is on North McDowell Boulevard. The competitions will be held at the baseball fields to the rear of the park, near Maria Drive.