Police dogs hit the streets with all four paws - Largest deployment in Lower Mainland
Lower Mainland District, Police Dog Services
2022-09-27 11:00 PDT
The BC RCMP Lower Mainland District and Integrated Teams is pleased to announce the police service dog graduating Class of 2022.
Seven new teams—one of the largest deployments ever in the Lower Mainland—have graduated from police dog school in Alberta and are ready to hit the streets.
The new dog teams have been training hard for several months at the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) in Innisfail, Alberta and, after having passed their final exams, are assigned to work in several communities throughout the Lower Mainland.
Police Service Dogs (PSD) and their human handlers train each year to master tracking, searching, obedience and apprehension. By the time they complete training, the dogs and their officers are sharp and keen to begin work!
Having seven Police Service Dog teams arrive in the Lower Mainland is one of the most significant deployments in recent years,says Staff Sergeant 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.
The teams are part of the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS) with partnerships across all RCMP detachments and municipal departments in New Westminster, Delta, West Vancouver, Port Moody and Abbotsford.
In an average year, the teams from IPDS will respond to over 10,000 calls for service including finding missing people, helping persons in crisis, searching for evidence, as well as locating and apprehending criminal suspects.
A police dog is often the difference needed to bring about a successful conclusion to a wide variety of police incidents,says IPDS Media Relations Officer, Constable Ross Findlay of the New Westminster Police.Many people are safe today thanks to the actions of our heroic, furry partners! I’m sure it won’t be long until we hear something amazing about these new teams.
The new Police Dog Service teams are listed below and will be drafted to:
- Constable Britteny George, Ridge Meadows RCMP, with PSD Porter.
- Constable Sascha Falschebner, Surrey RCMP, with PSD Nugget.
- Constable Jordan Braid, Chilliwack RCMP, with PSD Neon.
- Constable Sebastien Fortin, Coquitlam RCMP, with PSD Norad.
- Constable Chris Colgan, West Vancouver Police, with PSD Nolan.
- Constable Lorne Elgar, West Vancouver Police, with PSD Nuke.
- Constable David Gronmyr, Abbotsford Police, with PSD Nos.
Police service dog graduating class of 2022
PSD Porter Badge # 1179
Handler: Cst. Britteny George
PSD Porter voted most likely to reach for the stars, save missing people and catch bad guys too. #TypeAPersonality
PSD Nugget Badge # 1178
Handler: Cst. Sascha Falschebner
PSD Nugget voted most likely to become an Elvis impersonator when he retires. #ThatLipCurl #NothingButAHoundDog
PSD Nuke Badge # 1182
Handler: Cst. Lorne Elgar
PSD Nuke voted most likely to catch the bad guy when involved in a foot pursuit. #HesTheBomb
PSD Nolan Badge # 1183
Handler: Cst. Chris Colgan
PSD Nolan voted most likely to be the Class of 2022's first Tongue Out Thursday model. Right! #TOT
PSD Norad Badge # 1180
Handler: Cst. Sebastien Fortin
PSD Norad voted most likely to become an international aerospace super spy. #NORADCommand
PSD Neon Badge # 1173
Handler: Cst. Jordan Braid
PSD Neon voted most likely to use his laser eye focus to stop a bad guy cold… dude don't make me come over there. #WhySoSerious #SteelyEyed
PSD Nos Badge # 1181
Handler: Cst. Dave Gronmyr
PSD Nos voted most likely to catch the bad guy using his disarming smile. #SorryNotSorry
Const. Ross Findlay and Constable Teresa Carter of the RCMP will be available at the media event to answer any questions about IPDS or RCMP Police Service Dogs.
BC RCMP Media Relations
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