It's described as one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, positions within the Service.
The Saskatoon Police Service has had a canine program for over 50 years. Currently there are nine General Duty Patrol Teams, with four of these teams dual purposed to specialize in narcotics detection. The Service also has one explosive detection canine, in addition to a team that is part of the Tactical Support Unit. There are currently 10 Police Service Dogs.
Saskatoon Police Service dogs are trained to track criminal suspects and conduct searches in all types of indoor and outdoor settings. Police dogs track and search, following the scent trail left behind by the humans they pursue. Police Service dogs are highly obedient and will follow commands only from the police officer trained to handle that particular animal.
The Saskatoon Police Service has at least one Canine Team available at all times. Canine Team members are responsible to attend in progress criminal events, and assist with high risk scene management and containment situations. Handlers and their dogs are also very active in the community, doing public presentations regularly.
Did you know?
- Dogs live with handlers and their families
- When a dog is retired most handlers purchase their dog for a small fee.
- Police officers chosen to be dog handlers must be in above average physical condition, comfortable around animals, and possess the ability to read the dog's body language.
- Dogs chosen must have a strong retrieval drive, above average curiosity, and be fearless, friendly and outgoing.
- German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois are used extensively because they have a good balance of all of these qualities.
"The Working Dog"
My eyes are your eyes, To watch and protect you and yours.
My ears are your ears, To hear and detect evil minds in the dark.
My nose is your nose, To scent the invader of your domain.
And so you may live, My life is also yours.
PSD CYR gave his life in the line of duty while he and his handler Cst. Steve Kaye were attempting to disarm and subdue a subject in 2001.
Cyr for your courage and strength we remember you. You have paid the ultimate price to protect us. We will never forget you.