The largest deployment of police dog graduates in the Lower Mainland hit the streets last week — and the dogs are already helping Mounties “get their man.”
The seven new teams were introduced to media outside RCMP Headquarters in Surrey on Tuesday (Sept. 27), including the duo of Nugget and Surrey RCMP Const. Sascha Falschebner.
The six other new police dogs are named Porter, Neon, Norad, Nolan, Nuke and Nos.
“Having seven Police Service Dog teams arrive in the Lower Mainland is one of the most significant deployments in recent years,” said Staff Sgt. Derek King.
“These teams will improve our ability to respond to calls requiring a police dog and greatly increase the level of service provided to the public.”
— Anna Burns (@AnnaBBurns) September 27, 2022
All seven teams graduated from the police dog school in Innisfail, AB, the same one that every RCMP dog in Canada has attended.
The teams are assigned to work in communities throughout the Lower Mainland, from Chilliwack to West Vancouver.
They are part of the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS), which partners with all RCMP detachments and municipal departments in New Westminster, Delta, West Vancouver, Port Moody and Abbotsford.
This partnership means a police dog team based in New Westminster can respond to a call anywhere in the Lower Mainland. With the new recruits on the job, there are now 38 working police dogs.
Last week, the new graduates hit the streets locally, and RCMP say they already helped capture “multiple suspects.”
Const. Ross Findlay, the IPDS media relations officer, said the dogs have had “an immediate impact and have significantly increased the level of service we provide to the public.”
Two of the new police dogs are related to the police dog, Jago, who was killed in 2021.
The RCMP has their own breeding program. They raise them from the day they are born until they retire. They only use German Shepherds. It can take the dogs and their handlers almost a decade for them to get to the point of graduating and becoming an official police dog.
Not every dog that enters will graduate, and any dogs that do not pass will be re-homed as pets.
On average, the police dogs will work for about seven or eight years, then often retire to live with their handlers.