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The CPS Canine Unit, in partnership with the Calgary Police Foundation, proudly presents the 2018 Canine Unit Calendar. These dogs, alongside their handlers, put their lives on the line every day to keep Calgarians safe. They truly are heroes to all of us. We recognize and honour them with this campaign. Please support our Canine Heroes, and ultimately the Calgary Police Foundation, which funds programs that help Calgary youth avoid crime and victimization. Only $10 each (+ $5 shipping for online orders).

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Explore Our Canine Heroes

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Arzan Axel Barekely Baro Baron Blade Boris Cinco Cisko Fly Jag Jake Jester Kola Logan Mack Max Orry Paco Piper Saber Tigg Hawk

Arzan

Breed: German Shepherd
Born: Hungary
Special Skills: Patrol
2018 Calendar: Mr. December 2016
Handler: Officer Mike

Arzan here. First thing I want to say is that even though this profile is all about me, you should know that all of us police dogs work and train together, so teamwork is very important to us. But we also enjoy a little competition among colleagues. I have a friendly rivalry with CPS dog Tigg, who I consider the second best dog at apprehending offenders (I’m first). I’ve helped catch car prowlers, fleeing offenders, and all other types of runaway bad guys. One time, an offender was ramming a stolen car into civilian and cop cars. Once his vehicle was stopped, he got out and ran away. You know what happened next… I was happy to help take him into custody and make the streets safe again! My reward for doing a good job is playtime with my red rope Kong.

My best buddy is my roommate, Kola, a new female Explosives Detection Dog who lives with me at Officer Mike’s house. I was a rookie a couple years ago, but now Kola’s the new kid on the block – you’ll see her in this year's calendar. I’m a hardworking dog, but I also love my people, feel like a real part of Officer Mike’s family, and I love running through the sprinkler with Mike’s daughter. Away from work, I spend a lot of time resting up for the next shift, so that when I get to the office… I’m ready to go!

Super awesome canine fact: All dogs are trained as general service patrol dogs. Some dogs go on to specialized training to sniff out drugs, explosives or cadavers.

Axel

Breed: German Shepherd
Born: Germany
Special Skills: Patrol
2018 Calendar: Mr. September
Handler: Officer Aron

Hi, I’m Axel. People say I look like a bear, or an Ewok - it’s the hair. I’m a German Shepherd who comes from Germany – an OG, danke very much. I’m pretty new to the job, but thanks to the great training we receive from our human handlers and the example set by my elder K9 Heroes, I hit the ground running. I caught two bad guys on my very first shift! That’s like Connor McDavid rookie production! The most rewarding part of a patrol dog’s job is catching criminals that harm others, so we can try to keep everyone protected. When I’m chasing a fleeing offender I’m running fast – like 50 km/h fast – and all that’s going through my head is: “I’m gonna get you! I’m gonna get you! I’m gonna get you!”

I live at home with Officer Aron and his family, and my best friend, retired CPS dog Sully. I only eat dog food and McDonald’s cheeseburgers, and my favourite treat is heartworm medication (I’m lovin’ it!). I don’t really get in a bad mood; I just love finding bad guys, working with my CPS brothers and sisters, and serving the fine people of Calgary!

Super awesome canine fact: These dogs are the NHL stars of the dog world. They exercise daily and eat top quality food. Daily training keeps them sharp and gives them new challenges.

Berkley

Breed: Golden Labrador Retriever
Born: Saskatchewan
Special Skills: Cadaver Detection
2018 Calendar: Hoping for 2018
Handler: Officer Derek

Hi people of Calgary! I’m a relatively new canine officer, Berkley. I’m one of only two female dogs in the CPS Canine Unit (Kola is the other). My job is Cadaver Detection and I usually get called out 6-12 times a year, only for homicide and missing persons investigations. All officers, human and canine, just want everyone in Calgary to be safe. It is sad for me, and my handler, to know that success often means finding a victim’s body. When an investigation gets to the point where I’m called in, I need to help find evidence that will lead to an arrest and ensure that the offender can’t hurt anyone else.

I know all the other dogs claim to have “high energy”, but I’m famous for it. I get so excited for work or play that I can’t contain it. When I get really excited, I jump on my back legs continuously in one spot. I can’t help it! Sometimes I’m moving too fast for my own good – like the time I ran right into a plate glass window. I live at Officer Derek’s house with my best buddy, police dog Baro. I have a dog house, but I barely ever sleep. I mean, what’s the point? My handler, Officer Derek, says my energy is what makes me a great working dog and also, at times, irritating. He calls me a “handful”; I call him the “fun police”!

Super awesome canine fact: Cadaver Detection Dogs often have to work for days at a time in order to find a missing person. The handler will hide a pack of blood for them to find every once in a while, in order to give the dog a reward and keep them interested.

Baro

Breed: German Shepherd
Born: Czech Republic
Special Skills: Patrol and Drug Detection
2018 Calendar: Officer Derek
Handler: Mr. March

I’m Baro. My name means “pressure”; fitting, as my presence puts pressure on the bad people to stop running from police. I can’t get to work fast enough when it’s shift time – I love working. I’m trained in patrol and drug detection, and I’m often called out to crimes in progress like robberies, break and enters, and assaults. I once used my super sense of smell to track an offender who had committed a violent home invasion. The offender tried to run and hide under a spruce tree. What do you think this is, Christmas? I unwrapped that present and made it safe for officers to make the arrest, taking a dangerous offender off the streets.

My canine brothers and sisters catch bad people every week. I’m so proud of my team. At work I’m very dedicated to my duties, but at home with Officer Derek I like to chill in my outdoor kennel or insulated dog house with my roommate, police dog Berkley. She’ll tell you all about my major flaw – a serious saliva problem. If I’m playing with my Kong and I start shaking my head, seriously, look out!

Super awesome canine fact: The first dogs, Ember, Dante, Spook and Duke, joined the Calgary Police Service in 1960. We now have around 22 dogs working in the Unit.

Baron

Breed: German Shepherd
Born: Poland
Special Skills: Patrol
2018 Calendar: Mr. October
Handler: Officer Chris

Hi, I’m Baron. I’m a pretty quiet guy, but so is a missile before it’s launched. I get called out any time a serious offence has taken place and the offender has fled on foot, is hiding, or has dropped evidence. I’m black as a shadow, fast as a breeze, and strong as a bull; I’m a defender in the night sent to disarm evil people. One winter, I was deployed on a car-jacking suspect hiding in a front yard. As patrol officers approached, the offender pulled a handgun… I ran in and seized his arm before he could get the gun out, and my human partners arrested him. My handler was very proud that night, as we protected our fellow officers and the public, plus we prevented a potential deadly force encounter.

Off the job, I live in my indoor/outdoor kennel at Officer Chris’ house, and my favourite person is his son. I like to chill and go for the occasional swim, but I guess I don’t really get too excited away from the office. I live to work, and I like nothing more than getting called out to find bad people and protect the citizens of Calgary.

Super awesome canine fact: Many criminals fear dogs. When a police dog is on the scene, offenders are far more likely to comply with police instructions.

Blade

Breed: German Shepherd
Born: The Netherlands
Special Skills: Patrol
2018 Calendar: Poster
Handler: Officer Jason

I’m training with a new handler and I’m really excited about my new job. I’ll have stories to share here soon. In the meantime, here’s a cool story about the CPS Canine Unit:

January 12, 2012, turned out to be both memorable and terrifying for PSD Pix and his handler, Officer Jim. The two were called to respond to reports of a stolen Calgary Transit bus. Witnesses reported the bus driving dangerously and at high rates of speed near Dalhousie station. HAWC was in the sky providing updates while Jim and Pix positioned themselves on the ground along with other marked units as the offender ignored numerous opportunities to surrender to police, and eventually abandoned the bus and fled on foot.

Jim and Pix tracked the offender into a farmyard, but snow and ice made for tricky footing. As they raced after the suspect, Officer Jim slipped and fell, banging his head and losing consciousness. Pix, torn by what to do, stayed with his partner until Jim regained consciousness. Once his handler was okay, Pix continued off lead. Pix tracked the offender, engaged him and held on until other canine units were able to respond with backup. The offender was arrested and Pix was reunited with his partner, and stayed by Jim’s side as he was transported to hospital for treatment of his injuries. On that night, Pix proved his mettle by doing whatever it took to protect his partner, and keep Calgary safe.

Boris

I am off working hard to keep Calgary safe – I’ll be back at ya soon with more information about me

Cinco

Breed: Belgian Malinois
Born: California
Special Skills:Explosives Detection
2018 Calendar: Poster
Handler: Officer Rob

I’m Cinco, and I am pretty new to CPS. I was born in California, the land of sunshine, and then I was recruited north to Canada for the chance of a lifetime to serve with the Calgary Police Service! I know some people aren’t crazy about winter, but I love the snow and cold! My fur coat keeps me warm while I’m working outside for long periods of time, and that’s a good thing because CPS likes that I have a nose for sniffing out trouble. I have previous training in explosives, I have a strong sense of smell (even for a dog), and I have a ridiculously unrelenting drive. I go until I find what I’m looking for, then I get my ball as a reward, and I play with that until Officer Rob can’t take it anymore!

I have a TON of energy, so Officer Rob spends a lot of time training (and playing) with me. I eat a raw food diet, mostly chicken, to stay in top working shape. I live with Officer Rob, his family, and my best buddy, police dog Mack. I know I left the California sunshine behind, but I’m happy to now be part of Officer Rob’s family, part of the CPS family, and a proud Calgarian.

Super awesome canine fact: We might be able to smell a teaspoon of sugar in a cup of coffee (or maybe not); a dog can smell a single teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water.

Cisko

Breed: German Shepherd
Born: Czech Republic
Special Skills: Patrol
2018 Calendar: Mr. June
Handler: Officer Brad

I’m Cisko, and I guess I’d describe myself as a good all-around athlete: fast, agile, and strong. I’m like a professional hunter, as I get called out mostly in situations where offenders flee on foot. This one time, I tracked an offender and finally found him in a secret hidden room inside a house! It was like something out of a TV show. What else about me? I can eat huge amounts of jelly beans – a good skill to have in your back pocket. I also like cheeseburgers and Captain Crunch when they let me have something other than nutritious dog food. I live in a kennel in the garage at Officer Brad’s home. My favourite hobby is to break into the house and run around like a maniac! My best friends are Officer Brad’s kids. I really like kids - I also love going to schools to teach students about the police and our Canine Unit. There are a lot of things I love about my job, but most of all I enjoy protecting the great people of Calgary!

Super awesome canine fact: Police dogs are sworn officers; they graduate after training, and receive a badge, police ID, and ballistic vest. If a dog is killed on duty, they are given a complete police funeral.

Fly

Breed: German Shepherd
Born: The Netherlands
Special Skills: Patrol
2018 Calendar: Mr. November
Handler: Officer Gabe

Hello, people. As you might guess from my name, I have a lot of energy. I buzz. When I get really excited I bark a lot too, which gets on Officer Gabe’s nerves. Hey, I can’t help it. When I’m at work I’m very serious and always alert when I’m looking for something. Gabe says my best attribute is my nose as I’m really good at tracking people. I’m not one to kiss and tell, so let’s just say this: I’ve got lots of good stories about catching LOTS of bad guys. Patrol dogs like me don’t just catch fleeing offenders; we also scour crime scenes to find evidence. I can’t divulge details (saving them for my memoirs), but one time I found a key piece of evidence from a break and enter that linked the suspect to the crime. Officer Gabe was very proud of me that day.

When I’m off duty I love to go swimming. One time I tried to be a fish and submerged my whole body – my head too! I came up coughing and saw Gabe having a nice chuckle at my expense. Here’s my advice - keep your head above the water! I’d like to close with this message to all Calgarians: although we have a dangerous job, I will never shy away from catching bad guys and keeping you safe.

Super awesome canine fact: : In addition to suspect apprehension and searching for evidence, drugs, explosives and cadavers, police dogs’ responsibilities can include locating lost persons and property, VIP protection duties, crowd control in conjunction with the Tactical Team, hostage situations, avalanche search and rescue, and police/community relations.

Hawk aka Hawker

Breed: Black Labrador Retriever
Born: Coquitlam, BC
Special Skills: Trauma Dog
2018 Calendar: Hoping for 2018
Handler: Officer Brent and Kathlynn

I’m Hawk, and I guess you could say my job starts where the other dogs’ ends. My superpower is compassion: I’m a trauma dog. While the other dogs move fast to accomplish their duties, I help by sitting by a victim’s side in a courtroom or interview room for hours without moving. My job is to help victims feel more comfortable and safe when talking to law enforcement about a crime that affected them. I get called out every week, often to investigations of homicide, sudden death or suicide because I am a good listener, empathic, and have a huge loving heart, and I always tell people to be strong and tell the truth. The best part of my job is playing with kids, and all the attention I get from volunteers in the Victim Assistance Unit.

Away from work, I sleep at one of my handler’s homes. At Officer Kathlynn’s, I sleep on my cushy bed pillow. At Officer Brent’s, I sleep in his daughter’s room. I like stuffed animals, high-fives, Bosco the Bichon Shi Zu, swimming, and kids. If you ever see me, know that I am your friend: feel free to attack me with pets and cuddles, and I’ll probably give you a big wet kiss!

Super awesome canine fact: Hawk was the first trauma dog in Canada to be allowed to assist victims inside a courtroom. Officer Brent describing his canine partner: “He comes and he’s well trained, he’s obedient, and he sits and people pet him. It’s really that easy.”

Jag aka Jagermeister

Breed: German Shepherd
Born: Czech Republic
Special Skills: Patrol and Drug Detection
2018 Calendar: Officer Darcy
Handler: Mr. August

When I joined CPS I was known as “Teddy”… nice name, but I needed something that would strike fear in the hearts of bad guys. Merriam-Webster definition - JAG: a sharp projecting part. Perfect. I use my sharp teeth to grab bad guys and my sharp mind to find people, drugs, and evidence as part of the Canine Unit. I have a lot of energy, people. I like to howl in the back of the truck all the way to a call, and I spin in circles when I’m really excited. One time, I caught a couple of truck thieves. The first offender saw me, gave up and lied down (that’s right!). While I was helping with the second offender, the first one thought it would be a good time to run away. Bad move. He met me up close and personal.

It doesn’t always work out that well… another time I tracked a “bad guy” to a backyard, but no matter how much I barked the offender wouldn’t come out from under the deck. So I went in, all brave and confident, to bring him to justice. Well, to my surprise, that was NO offender… but a SKUNK! I got sprayed, Officer Darcy got sprayed, and we both stunk for some time after.

I share a kennel with my girl, retired police dog Sarka, at Officer Darcy’s house. I like to sleep during the day, but I always wake up to see the two little humans who live in the house. I might be quirky, but I’m always willing to put my life on the line to protect my CPS partners, and the citizens of Calgary.

Jake

Breed: Belgian Malinois
Born: Kosice, Slovakia
Special Skills: Patrol
2018 Calendar: Hoping for 2018
Handler: Officer Will

I’m Jake and I’m finishing up my first year on the street. I’m a friendly guy, but when it’s time to go to an important call I switch instantly into work mode, where I’m alert, obedient, fearless, and have great endurance to track or contain a scene for a very long time. When it’s time to chase down a fleeing offender, I’m like a strong safety in football turning my blazing speed into maximum impact. The quarries (snacks in a fluffy suit) say I’m one of the hardest hitters. One time, an offender robbed a store at gunpoint, fled from police officers in a stolen vehicle, crashed, and ran into some bushes. Work mode engaged – I tracked him down and took him into custody.

I live in a custom-built doghouse and run at Officer Will’s house. Will and his wife are my favourite people in the world. I’m a totally different dog when I’m off-duty: in play mode, I’m very friendly and social. I really enjoy my walks around the community on my days off, and meeting the people and dogs that are my neighbours. If you know my name and want to rub the side of my belly I’ll curl right up and be your best friend. Will thinks I’m a goof ball because I jump around and run in circles like a puppy. Guess what? I’m only 3 – I am still kinda a puppy! But when it’s time for a shift, this dog gets serious. I’ll be in work mode, patrolling the streets and keeping Calgary communities safe!

Super awesome canine fact: Once a police dog has found an object he will notify his handler by pawing at the ground, which is called an “aggressive alert”, or in more dangerous situations (like an explosives search) by sitting or lying down, which is called a “passive alert”.

Jester

Breed: German Shepherd
Born: The Netherlands
Special Skills: Patrol and Drug Detection
2018 Calendar: Poster
Handler: Officer Jason

Hi people, I’m Jester. As my name suggests, I like to play and joke around, but I’m serious about my job. I love to track: people, evidence, drugs, whatever they need me to find, I’ll find it. I get called out hundreds of times a year to dangerous situations like robberies, break and enters, and weapons calls. Wherever bad guys try to run or hide, I can find them, too. One time, a fleeing offender thought he could run away from the police. I tracked his scent all through a neighbourhood to a small space he was hiding in under a staircase, and we got him!

I love my job, chasing a ball, chewing on a bone, and belly rubs… guess I’m kind of a cliché. I sleep at Officer Jason’s house, but my sleep patterns are all over the place, like my human partner’s, because of the shiftwork. So when there’s down time at work, I sneak in a quick nap. My BFF is my buddy Hank, a French Bulldog who isn’t nearly as pretty as me. But my favourite human is definitely Officer Jason!

Super awesome canine fact: Most dogs come from Europe where there is a long tradition of breeding security dogs. They must be top-notch before being accepted as a new recruit.

Kola

Hey Calgary! I am new here, and I can’t wait to serve in keeping my new home safe. My name is Kola, and I am a Belgian Malinois from Hungary. I am proud to say that I have an incredible sense of smell – hence my very important job in the CPS – I am an explosive detection dog. Not everyone can say that!

But when I am not sniffing out explosives, my favourite thing to do is to give hugs – well, and pester the other dog in the family, “Ninja”. I am full of energy and totally lovable. My handler might get annoyed with me occasionally though – I don’t exactly control all my energy and sometimes, well, I have selective hearing.

But you know what? I’m cute. And, well, some might even call me a Diva. While I don’t believe this myself, I have even been called stubborn and mischievous – imagine!

I probably didn’t make the best first impression – during training I went to the bathroom in the tactical office! Yikes…..who knew that’s what it was. Plus, I like to sleep on top of my kennel instead of inside it. They probably thought I was totally weird.

When my new family came to get me, I met Arzan – another K9 hero and we have a lot of fun. To tell you a little secret, my original name was “Mini”. I didn’t like that as much as the new name by popular demand, and one I chose myself - Kola. While I love to work, I will say that so far I haven’t been tested in sniffing out explosives and, well, I happen to think that’s a good thing.

Logan (retired)

Breed: German Shepherd
Born: Germany
Special Skills: Patrol and Drug Detection
Handler:Officer Jason
2018 Calendar: Retired from modeling

In the annals of comic book history it is written that Wolverine (aka Logan) of the X-Men hails from Cold Lake, AB. I’m proud to share my name with him, an Alberta legend who also uses his superior senses, reflexes, and strength to battle evil. I like to chase down dangerous offenders so we can protect people from being hurt by them in the future. To me it’s like chasing a big, slow, two-footed rabbit. One time I helped apprehend a bad guy that had hurt a young person. Cases like that are terrible, so we were glad to assist with the arrest, knowing that we were helping the victim and anyone else the offender might try to hurt next. I’m also a drug dog and I’ve assisted in countless calls to find hidden narcotics.

I like to go for a swim in the lake during down time with my best buddy Guinness, my Chocolate Lab brother. I live in a small mansion in a gated community (okay, it’s my fenced-in doghouse and run at Officer Jason’s house). Sometimes I sleep in the truck on a quiet shift, but I don’t sleep much at home because I always want to be ready to go when Officer Jason comes to get me for work!

Super awesome canine fact: Both the dogs and their handlers undergo rigorous training for four to six months. Training is on-going and both animal and officer are tested annually.

Mack aka Big Mac

Breed: German Shepherd
Born: Czech Republic
Special Skills: Patrol and Drug Detection
2018 Calendar: Mr. February
Handler: Officer Rob

Mack here. A little about me… well, I’m a patrol ninja and drug detection specialist. I get called to search luggage, cars, and houses for drugs. Sometimes I help the Tactical Team on search warrants, too. I once tracked a criminal from an abandoned stolen vehicle for blocks and blocks, and finally found him hiding in a garbage can. Then I took out the trash, if you know what I mean!

Part of what makes me good at my job is that I can search for a very long time without getting frustrated or giving up. Lesson: perseverance and determination are two keys to success - remember that, kids. My hard work paid off big time at the 2016 Canine Trials that were held in Calgary. Officer Rob and I finished first in apprehension, obedience, and agility, and second overall! I mean, what else does a dog gotta do?

The hardest part of my job has to be trying to stand up in the back of the truck when Officer Rob is driving. I live with Rob and his family. My favorite thing to do at home is bounce on the trampoline with Rob’s kids. Away from work, I’m kind of like a teenager: I eat everything in sight, stay up late, sleep in, and I’m having way too much fun to settle down!

Super awesome canine fact: When a dog sniffs, each nostril pulls in a separate odor sample. The dog can tell which nostril is pulling in the scent, so it knows which direction to go when tracking.

Max aka Maximus

Breed: German Shepherd
Born: The Netherlands
Special Skills: Patrol and Drug Detection
2018 Calendar: Poster
Handler: Officer Jim

If you’ve seen the movie Gladiator you know that most people named Maximus are powerful heroes. I think I gained my special powers - excellent nose and a talent for tracking bad guys - when I lost my toe. I don’t consider it a disability, but rather a unique trait that gives me more strength. Besides, it hasn’t slowed me down one bit. On my very first deployment I caught a fleeing offender and I’ve done it hundreds of times since. My handler, Officer Jim, says I’m the prototypical (which means ‘perfect’) police dog: strong, trainable, great senses, loyal, and ever-vigilant (his words... really, I swear!).

I also love to play and I’m very social with dogs and humans. I don’t understand this magic glass you humans are always staring into to do your hair and makeup... I look in and see this angry dog that keeps BARKING at me and then I have to BARK back more and it just goes on and on! Officer Jim tells all the other Canine Unit handlers that they have the second-best dog in the world. The feeling’s mutual, old buddy. I’d do anything to to help protect Officer Jim, or any Calgarian in need.

Super awesome canine fact: When seizing a suspect, a police dog is trained to hold, not tear. As the suspect tries to pull away, some tearing of the skin can occur, so the offender may require medical attention after being apprehended.

Orry

Hey there! I’m one of the new kids in town – my name is Orry and I am a Belgian Malinois all the way from Slovakia. I have super high levels of energy and I love working – I am always ready to work hard to help keep Calgary streets safe – especially for the young ones.

Ok, so I have one tiny fault, but it’s not really my fault! My human partner says I have bad breath – what’s a guy to do?

I might have bad breath, but you know what? I am light, aerodynamic and very, very fast! Don’t you think that makes up for it? Plus, I am full of energy and always up to the challenge of learning new skills. You know, that life-long learning thing.

Anyway, I get so excited when I get to go to work, I feel like I can fly! I even tried jumping over the side of my partner’s truck, rather than taking the easy way out by using the tail gate. Hmmm, anyone can do that…

I am especially happy because I made my partner proud in training – I completed an unknown track right from start to finish. So there bad guys, you won’t escape me! I will track you down.

Paco

I am off working hard to keep Calgary safe – I’ll be back at ya soon with more information about me

Piper

Hi. My name is Piper. I am a three and a half year-old Belgian Malinois from the Netherlands and one of the new K9s reporting for duty! I work very closely with my partner – Cst. Clay. I am actually a pretty well tempered, social dog and I LOVE being around others.

Ok – I do have one tiny characteristic that the neighbours might not appreciate. After a late shift of working to help keep Calgary safe, I like to come home and whine. Don’t ask me why – just a habit I guess. But I like to think I make up for it with my quick learning ability on all the skills us K9s need.

When I am not working, my next favourite thing is my chew toy – it’s like my reward after each shift. But only until my next shift! I work really hard – like the time I was in training. During an assault in my training exercise, a bad guy was chasing my human partner, Clay. That made me REALLY angry – no one touches my partner! Piper to the rescue!

What’s my biggest moment of fame you ask? Well…..I am currently the only female police dog tasked with patrol duties. You Go Girl!

Saber

Breed: Belgian Malinois
Born: The Netherlands
Special Skills: Patrol and Explosives Detection
2018 Calendar: Mr. May
Handler: Officer Rod

Hi Calgary, I’m Saber - I’m lucky (I guess) because my handler is the Head Canine Trainer, Officer Rod. He got me street-ready with months of intensive training; let’s just say he barks at me just as much as I bark at him. But we’re buddies now. I like to jump up on him when I’m excited, which has resulted in several ripped uniforms. On my fourth shift on the job, I tracked an offender who had stolen a truck and crashed it into someone’s yard. I did exactly what Officer Rod taught me and followed his scent through the neighbourhood until I finally found him hiding under a deck. A deck… how original. Why do these scumbags think that’s a good hiding place?

One time, Officer Rod took me on an airplane from Calgary to Ottawa. After we landed, I got to go into the cockpit and meet the pilots. I jumped right up into the pilot’s seat to see what it felt like. Rod always says my best attribute is my drive, but he won’t let me drive the truck. If he did, I guess I wouldn’t need him anymore, so I’ll let him have it. Away from work, I live with Officer Rod’s family and my canine brothers, Moose and Narco. I really love my home and my job. I’m always excited to come to work and protect the citizens of Calgary!

Super awesome canine fact: Prospective police dogs are x-rayed and must be rated “excellent” in the hips, back, elbows and knees prior to training, to minimize their risk of injury while on the job.

Tigg

Breed: German Shepherd
Born: Czech Republic
Special Skills: Patrol and Explosives
2018 Calendar: Officer Todd
Handler: Mr. September

Hi humans! Calgary Police chose me because: I am really social and have two superpowers. I am really fast and have incredible speed (superpower #1), which has helped me track down and catch numerous bad guys. I also specialize in explosives detection. Tracking the chemicals used in explosives is easy for me due to my amazing sense of smell (superpower #2), which is far superior to a human’s. I can easily differentiate between smells, and focus in on a specific one that I can keep in my nose and ‘remember’ for an extended time. I search for explosive devices at public events and help to make sure areas are safe for VIPs.

After I do a good job, my reward is to play my favorite game: tug-o-war. I’m very dedicated and not easily distracted, which helps me focus when I’m working. My left ear kind of flops sometimes which makes me adorable, don’t you think? When I’m not working, I really like hanging out with my human partner Officer Todd. I love to talk to him while we are in the police truck driving to calls to protect Calgarians. I LOVE my job!

Super awesome canine fact: Police dog training is all about using the dog’s natural drives and instincts. They learn to climb, jump over or go through obstacles, track scents, and protect their handlers from attackers.

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