Brock to the rescue
Police service dog honours fallen Mountie
One of the newest members of the Trinity-Conception District RCMP has four legs and a tail. He’s trained to locate lost people, apprehend criminals, and search for explosives, firearms, and articles with human scent on them.
He’s also carrying on the legacy of a Mountie who died during a violent incident in Alberta six years ago that left the entire country in shock.
Brock, as he is known, is a blackand-tan German Shepherd police service dog. His handler is Cpl. Jason Butler. The duo is stationed at the Bay Roberts detachment.
Butler’s present canine partner was born at the RCMP’s dog training centre in Innisfail, Alberta in 2009. He was named Brock in the RCMP’s annual national name-the-puppy contest.
Serving the country
Eight-year-old Aidan Schafer of Red Deer, Alberta, named the puppy in honour of Const. Brock Myrol, one of four RCMP members killed in the line of duty in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, in 2005.
Myrol’s mother, Colleen, told theRed Deer Expresslast year, “As (Butler and Brock) go to serve the country ... it’s sort of like our Brock is moving on, only with four legs instead of two.”
Butler is a native of Central Newfoundland. His started his policing career at the Harbour Grace detachment in 1998. He also did general duties at Bay Roberts.
He completed training with his first dog, Mazer, in 2005, and was posted to North Vancouver, British Columbia. Butler was transferred to the Bay Roberts dog section in 2006. He and Mazer worked together until earlier this year.
Butler was interested in dogs even since he was a child. When he saw police service dogs at work, he “ thought it would be a great career avenue to explore,” he says.
He received Brock when he was seven weeks old. The dog completed his training in only 44 days.
Butler resides in Conception Bay North with his wife and daughter, while Brock lives in a kennel in their backyard. Butler’s retired partner, Mazer, is now Butler’s personal pet.
“If the weather is really cold ... the soft spot in us typically brings the dog inside,” Butler admits.
Brock was selected as a police service dog because of his “good genetic traits,” Butler says. The large dog, which has an even temperament and strong hunting instincts, is taught to bite and hold.
There are some 137 police dog teams across Canada, with a further 20
“I hope to build on (Brock’s) solid training foundation. Hopefully, it
will translate into successes in the field when
we assist the public.”
or so specialty teams used to detect narcotics or explosives. Male German Shepherds are the breed of choice.
Butler thinks he has the “ best job in the outfit.” He hopes to “ build on (Brock’s) solid training foundation. Hopefully, it will translate into successes in the field when we assist the public,” he says.