Recognized as the premier police dog service in the world, the RCMP Police Dog Service teams train and work alongside:
- Tactical Teams
- Emergency Response Teams,
- Explosive Detection Units, and
- Provincial Search and Rescue Organizations
- Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association (CARDA)
- Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Dogs are trained to detect human-laden scent articles, weapons, explosives and narcotics.
RCMP Police Dog Service work profiles include:
- tracking and searching for lost persons, criminals and evidence
- avalanche search and rescue operations
- criminal apprehension of fleeing or dangerous suspects and protection of handlers and the public
- searching for narcotics, explosives, weapons/shell casings, minute and large articles and lost property
- crowd management in conjunction with Tactical Teams
- assistance to Emergency Response Teams in hostage, barricaded, or fleeing suspect situations
- response to bomb threats - searching aircraft, ships, vehicles, land, containers and structures
- police community relations presentations, demonstrations and youth education.
Facts and Stats about Police Dogs and Handlers:
- A new dog handler requires a minimum of 750 hours or four months of training.
- Today, multi-purpose dogs are German Shepherds and specialty narcotic dogs are Labrador retrievers
- The RCMP Police Dog Service implemented an in-house breeding program in 1998. The RCMP Puppy Program located in Innisfail, Alberta produces on average 120 German Shepherd puppies a year from proven stock. Children across Canada name each of the dogs through the
Name the Puppy Contest.
- Over 50%, or 70, police dogs currently working in the RCMP were bred in RCMP Puppy Program.
- Another 70 that were raised in the program are now with other agencies worldwide
- Police Dogs can indicate a person up to 300 to 400 yards away.
- The dog has a sense of smell that is a thousand times greater than that of humans. They only need one part per million of scent to get a detection.
- A dog can search a car in approximately three minutes
- Dogs can work up to four hours with rest intervals.
- Currently, there are 125 RCMP dog teams across Canada
- There are currently 79 Police Dog Teams across E Division (British Columbia) and 44 in the Lower Mainland which is integrated with the Abbotsford Police Department.
- Healthy police service dogs cost less than $1,000 annually to maintain.