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Media Advisory - Canine Graduation Ceremony

Posted on Tuesday June 18, 2019
On Thursday June 20, 2019 the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) will welcome two new members to its Canine (K9) Unit, Police Service Dogs "Jax" and "Maverick"
The NRPS will be hosting a graduation at 1:00 p.m. in the Headquarters in the Community Room, 5700 Valley Way, Niagara Falls for the new recruits along with their handlers Constable Kris van Riel and Constable Kyle Wegelin.
The Niagara Regional Police Service Canine Unit has been a fully operational unit since 1987.  At present, the unit consists of seven general patrol dogs and one dog dedicated solely for the detection of explosives.
The Canine Unit currently supervised by Sergeant Scott Johnstone is recognized throughout North America as a model in police canine development and deployment.
The unit's knowledge and expertise have been utilized internationally.  Increasingly, policing agencies in the United States have begun to model their canine training programs after that of the Niagara Regional Police Service.  Highly motivated, trained and disciplined Police Service Dogs are an invaluable asset to police agencies, large and small.
The graduating dogs are trained to detect and follow human scent, track fleeing suspects through all terrain, in light or in darkness, engaging fleeing and violent suspects, disengage after a suspect has surrendered or when ordered to do so by their handler, protect their respective handlers on cue or by command and in evidence detection.
The Niagara Parks Police, Buffalo Police Department and Genesee County Sherriff's Office will also be in attendance with four other K9 graduates.
This event is open to the general public and media agencies.

Submitted By: Stephanie Sabourin
Approved By: Stephanie Sabourin

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