Police Dog Service
The RCMP’s Police Dog Service provides expert assistance to General Duty police officers, as well as the Emergency Response Team, the Tactical Troop and local Search and Rescue/Avalanche personnel. Our dog and handler teams are highly trained and specialized experts in their field.
The RCMP Police Dog Service support front line police officers with all types of operational policing. They:
- help homicide investigators in searching and locating evidence for murders
- capture suspects fleeing from stolen vehicles
- track and find missing persons, including seniors with dementia or young children who wander off
- assist crash investigators in locating evidence related to a collision (wallets, cell phones etc.)
- provide expert advice on how to apprehend suspects trying to evade police capture.
Police Dog Service (PDS) members will work in teams of handlers over extremely long distances in the rural and urban environments, or as a single team if required.
Police Dog and Handler Skills:
- High risk arrests
- Arrest of armed and/or barricaded suspects
- Explosive and narcotics searches
- Avalanche /Search and Rescue
- Building searches
Lower Mainland (Integrated Police Dog Service – IPDS)
The Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS) is made up of four watches, each consisting of 12 dog/handler teams, that provide the LMD with 24/7 coverage.
Our dog and handler teams patrol from Hope to Pemberton, covering all cities and municipalities (with the exception of Vancouver City and West Vancouver).
Police and dog handlers from Abbotsford, Port Moody, Delta and New Westminster have joined the integrated team. Members from each police force are trained through the RCMP Police Dog Service program.
The teams cover an immense area consisting of all types of terrain, locations and weather conditions.
IPDS is based out of a centrally located office in Surrey, BC. Teams are strategically placed throughout the Lower Mainland to ensure quick response. Between calls, they proactively patrol and target high crime spots within the communities they serve.
Quick Facts – Police Dog Services in the Lower Mainland.
- IPDS is the largest Police Dog Service section in Canada and one of the largest in North America.
- IPDS members attend to an average of over 300 calls for service per year.
- PDS members are required to pass a yearly physical.
- PDS Teams are required to pass an Annual Validation.
- To become a police office in the Police Dog Service requires, on average, 5 years of volunteer time before selection. It is one of the hardest sections to get into within the RCMP.
Police Dog Services in the remainder of BC
There are approximately 25 Police Dog Service teams covering the rest of BC. PDS provincial teams are on call to assist when and where required.
In Northern and Central BC, Vancouver Island and Southern BC our dog and handler teams are based out of centralized locations. All PDS Team members are full time dog handlers who cover vast areas within their designated coverage areas.
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