The Halton Regional Police Service introduced its Canine Unit in 1990 with one dog and one handler. Since then, the Unit has grown to include five specially-trained handlers, each of whom is assigned to one of the Service's general purpose patrol dogs.
The Canine Unit uses canine skill sets to provide specialized support to investigations conducted by uniform patrol officers, Major Crime, Criminal Investigations Bureau, among others.
Specific support examples include:
- Searching for suspects
- Searching buildings, insecure premises or forcibly entered premises in which an intruder can easily hide (such as office complexes, retail malls, schools and factories)
- Determining the direction of travel of fleeing suspects
- Locating property hidden or dropped by suspects
- Conducting searches for trapped, lost or missing persons
- Providing an alternative use of force option during high-risk arrests
- Patrolling areas where the presence of the Canine Unit may act as a deterrent to criminal activity
- Educating members of the public about the role of the Canine Unit (in conjunction with the Public Affairs Unit)
Meet the team and don't forget to follow us on Twitter @HRPSK9
For more information about the Halton Regional Police Service Canine Unit, contact:
Staff Sergeant Bruce Dickson
905-825-4747 ext. 4713