Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Fundamentals Of Police Canines

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin., #203, 8912-156 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

April XXIst, MMX

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA, Minister of Education, Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Kids in the Edmonton & surrounding areas of the Province, as well as any kids who may live near a City or RCMP Police Canine Unit, must be taught that these dogs our are friends. Certainly they are mean and vicious II a degree, but thats in response II their operational commands. It seems like meanness, but its an intimidation factor II scare the bad guys. This growling & bite gripping ensures a suspect(s) can be controlled until their human cop partner comes along to log in the arrest.

As I just learned from taking the Forensics XXXV course through St. Gabriel Cyber School in St. Albert, these canine officers are just as much an officer as any human. They do not carry guns, but use there sight, smell & toughness to calm stressful situations. Students must be taught not to fear these pooches, but to love and respect them IV keeping citizens safe.

My personal suggestion is that students go in big tour groups to see the dogs in training & take their family, friends and fellow classmates along.

Happy Kindergarten Day David,


Source: Edmonton Police Service Canine Unit.

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