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RCMP: Pups in Training

COMMUNITY SAFETY Series
by Constable Steve Holmes

Puppies start police training very young by learning to obey commands and paying attention to what he is being taught. The pup doesn’t know it, but he is being watched very closely to see if he ‘has the right stuff’ to be a great police dog. He is also checked to make sure he stays healthy and is growing strong. Not all puppies are cut out to be police dogs. Those that don’t make it are given to loving homes. Those that do make it go on to formal police dog training in Innisfail Alberta, home of the R.C.M.P. dog training facility. Continue reading

RCMP: Dog with a Badge

COMMUNITY SAFETY Series
by Constable Steve Holmes

Late at night, a police officer is dispatched to a residential break-and-enter in progress. Upon arrival, the officer finds that the culprits are gone and the shaken homeowner states that the three males in dark clothing took off across his backyard. The quick-thinking officer calls on his radio:

“Dispatch, this is Alpha one. Do we have a dog available?”

“10-4 Alpha one. Echo 5 and Grief are on their way to your location.”

Within minutes, Echo 5, which is the Police Services Dog vehicle, arrives with the two very eager officers, the dog handler, and his dog Grief. The investigating officer updates the dog handler as to where the suspects were last seen and their last known direction of travel. The officer has also advised other police units in the area who, by now, have set up in a box pattern in the vicinity of the home to ensure the suspects don’t get far. Continue reading