The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is pleased to announce the successful training of a new Police Service Dog (PSD).

On Friday December 2, 2022, the new K9 will be deployed into active duty. Handled by Constable Matt Volaric, the dog is trained as a general patrol and a drug and firearm detection K9. 

Media are invited to take photos and meet the newest member of the HRPS family.

Earlier this week, Police Service Dog, Arrow, began his will deserved retirement after 8 years of service. Arrow was handled by Constable Kyle Gibson. Arrow’s quick replacement keeps the total number of HRPS dogs in service at six.

Date:                     Friday, December 2, 2022

Time:                    10:00 am

Location:             Halton Regional Police Service – Headquarters (Community Room)

                                 2485 North Service Road West, Oakville

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How Did the New Dog Get His Name?

It was unanimously decided by the current members of the K9 Unit offer the naming rights of the newest PSD to the family of Mike Tidball. On January 6, 2021, Detective Constable Tidball passed away suddenly. Mike’s children, under the guidance of Constable Kyle Gibson, a close family friend, selected the name (which will be revealed on Friday).

Detective Constable Tidball was an active and long-time member of Emergency Services as a Crisis Negotiator. Mike was present for many high priority incidents and was an integral part of numerous peaceful resolutions to these incidents. 

Mike was well respected by all members of ESU (Emergency Services Unit) and he always showed a special interest and respect for the Police Service Dogs. His sudden and untimely passing left a noticeable void within Emergency Services.