New police dog finds sniffs out his first suspect

Kamloops City

2021-09-16 10:21 PDT

File # 2021-31681

It didn’t take long for the Kamloops RCMP Detachment’s newest K9, Marook, to have his first investigative success.

Just a few days into his career, Police Service Dog Marook tracked down a suspect following a vehicle collision on the Coquihalla Highway just after midnight on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

A black German Shepherd dog sits in a field of tall grass. His tongue is out and he looks like he is smiling. The city landscape can be seen in the background.

View larger image: Marook

After searching a steep embankment to ensure no other occupants had been ejected from the vehicle, Marook tracked the driver, who had left the crash on foot, and located him about one kilometre away. The driver was arrested and upon further investigation, issued violation tickets related to driving without due care and having no driver’s licence.

Marook and his partner, Cst. Kevin Challoner, completed the RCMP’s Dog Handler Training on Sept. 3, making them the newest members of the Kamloops Police Dog Service Unit, said Constable Crystal Evelyn, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson.

The dog handler program is intense and requires years of dedication and training to be successful, she added. It’s no small feat for Cst. Challoner and Marook to have completed the program together and to be added to such a specialized unit.

Born on May 24, 2019, Marook is two years old. His father is Police Service Dog ‘Fin’. Marook is trained to track people, find evidence, locate hidden firearms, and assist in making arrests. His specialty detection profile is searching drugs, including Fentanyl.

Marook’s first shift was on Sept. 7, 2021.

Released by

Cst. Crystal Evelyn

Media Relations Officer
Kamloops RCMP
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
Office: 250-828-3000
Fax: 250-828-3034


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