We are happy to introduce you to our newest rookie officer.
Pending a medical examination and successful completion of a comprehensive training program, we have selected a dog to relieve Rock, our present police services dog of his duties.
This young dog is 16 months old, and of Czech Republic bloodlines. He will be trained as a general purpose police services dog in tracking, article searches, criminal apprehension, handler protection, drug detection, and area searches.
The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service wish to thank the Kawartha Animal Hospital, Nutro foods, Victoria Feeds Horse and Hound and our community for their continued support of our K9 program.
Constable Watson will be present at Victoria Feeds Horse and Hound on Saturday September 6th from 11am – 4pm for their customer appreciation day with both Rock and our newest addition. Anyone wishing to meet both dogs can do so at Victoria Feeds.
We are asking for the community’s assistance in naming our newest member. Those wishing to submit a potential name and it’s significance, can do so via www.facebook.com/kawarthalakespolice. Potential names will be accepted until September 6th. Our dog’s new name will be announced on Monday September 8th.
….so I have been challenged by my “friend” Chief Mike Osborne of the Midland Police Service https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ7rLTkMS_s , then our Constable Mark Earl https://twitter.com/MarkEarl8443 (he’ll need a new pair of shoes…) and last but certainly not least fellow member and “friend” Greg Evans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoJ4IBmHSyI …so I have made my donation and challenged my fellow City of Kawartha Lakes Chiefs:
- Kawartha Lakes Fire & Rescue Service – Chief Mark Pankhurst ;
- Ontario Provincial Police Kawartha Lakes – Inspector Rob Shaw; and
- Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service – Chief Keith Kirkpatrick.
All have gladly accepted and we will dump our buckets at the Lindsay Golf and Country Club http://lindsaygolf.ca/ after golfing in our Emergency Services Golf Tournament tomorrow at approximately 5:15 pm
With sadness I must announce that City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service Dog, Rock, has been diagnosed with bone cancer. He is not expected to survive. The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service’s Canine Program will continue, although will require some time to make arrangements for acquiring a new canine, training etc. In the meantime, canine services within our policing jurisdiction will be managed as in many small communities in Ontario, with the shared resources of our policing partners.
Rock will be sadly missed. He served our community well over the past three years. He was a general purpose police services dog with excellent skills in tracking, search and rescue and was cross trained in narcotics detection. His career highlights were, the October 2013 apprehension of an escapee from custody, the January 2014 apprehension of a suspect of a home invasion robbery who was armed with a shotgun, and the March 2014 drug search in which 250 pounds of marihuana was seized. Rock was instrumental in our police service’s commitment to our Vision of “Leading our community towards a safer tomorrow”.
Community messages can be shared through the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Services Facebook page located at https://www.facebook.com/kawarthalakespolice?ref=br_tf or our Canine Unit’s twitter feed located at @klps_canine
For any inquiries into this media release, please contact the undersigned.
Sergeant Terry Cox City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service (705) 324-5252 Ext 544 (705) 340-3411 Cellular