Po­lice ca­nines vie for Top Dog ti­tle at na­tional skills com­pe­ti­tion

Edmonton Journal - - CITY - MICHELLE LEPAGE With files from David Bloom

Po­lice dogs from across the coun­try are in Edmonton this week­end to com­pete for the ti­tle of Top Dog.

The Edmonton Po­lice Ser­vice is host­ing the 2017 Na­tional Cham­pi­onship Ca­nine Tri­als, which be­gan Fri­day.

“There are some se­nior dogs here and some of the searches to­day have been chal­leng­ing,” said EPS Const. Murray Burke. “It’s a tight com­pe­ti­tion.”

Burke and Mav­er­ick, a Ger­man shep­herd, won top hon­ours at the 2015 cham­pi­onship in Medicine Hat. While they’re not com­pet­ing this year, six EPS teams will try to bring the ti­tle back to the force.

In to­tal, 42 teams were ex­pected to com­pete. De­tec­tion teams will com­plete five drug and ex­plo­sives searches in the city over the week­end.

Gen­eral pur­pose pa­trol teams will com­pete in seven events, from agility to crim­i­nal take­downs.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic can watch three of the pa­trol team events Sun­day at ReMax Field at 10233 96 Ave. The events start at 9 a.m. and ad­mis­sion is free.

DAVID BLOOM

On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Cst. Dan Harness and his dog Valor demon­strate their skills Fri­day at the Edmonton Po­lice Ser­vice’s Val­l­e­vand Ken­nels. The two will be com­pet­ing in the 2017 Na­tional Cham­pi­onship Ca­nine Tri­als this week­end.

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