An RCMP dog handler acts as a car thief during a K-9 unit demonstration last week across from the Port Alberni RCMP station.

RCMP dog demo raises Tour de Rock cash

An RCMP police dog demonstration in Alberni raised $1,250 in donations for Cops For Cancer and Relay For Life.

An RCMP police dog demonstration raised $1,250 in donations for Cops For Cancer and Relay For Life, RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan said.

Four police dog teams participated in the demonstration, which was held in the field across from the Port Alberni RCMP detachment last Thursday before approximately 75-100 people.

The teams, which came from Port Alberni, Westshore, Nanaimo and Duncan, participated in mock car chase apprehensions where police posed as thieves, bad guys, and armed thugs.

Port Alberni was represented by Const. Jarrod Trickett and his dog Rook.

According to officials at the event, the dogs are raised in litters and trained at a special RCMP dog depot in Alberta for six months. Approximately $80,000 is invested in training the dogs.

Dog handlers are specially chosen after raising dogs for up to five years previous.

The dogs are used for tracking, searching for narcotics or explosives, and for apprehensions. The dogs were used extensively at the 2010 Whistler Olympics for bomb detection.

Approximately 80 to 90 per cent of the dogs are German Shepherds and mostly male.

The dogs used to be purchased from Europe, but are raised almost exclusively in Canada now.

The dogs often retire after eight years of service and are mostly kept as pets by their handlers.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

Port Alberni council looking at nearly 4% tax increase for 2019

Policing, bridge rehabilitation and impending cruise ship visits all jostling for funding

City of Port Alberni cancels tourist train operations for 2019

Steam train to McLean Mill is out of commission for repairs; city wants to re-examine rail costs

BUSINESS BEAT: New board room at Steampunk Café has nautical flair

Teresa Bird writes about business happenings once a month in the Alberni Valley News

ARTS AROUND: Artists invited to exhibit work at Port Alberni gallery

The Rollin Art Centre is now accepting applications for the 2020 calendar year

Port Alberni millwright brings Beatles’ iconic yellow submarine to life for ice show

Beatlemania is set to take the ice on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Alberni Valley Multiplex

70% of Canadians agree with mandatory vaccines for children: poll

The debate for pro and anti vaccinations has heated up after a measles outbreak in Vancouver

Vancouver Island petition to decriminalize all drugs continues to collect signatures

A Courtenay couple is collecting signatures for their petition to decriminalize drugs in Canada

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

‘A little baloney’ in PM’s claim about solicitor-client privilege on SNC-Lavalin

The Conservatives and NDP want Trudeau to waive that privilege so Wilson-Raybould can offer her side of the story

Proposed edible pot rules are wasteful, would leave products tasteless: critics

When Canada legalized weed last fall, it only allowed fresh or dried bud, oil, plants and seeds

Samsung folding phone is different – but also almost $2,000

But most analysts see a limited market for foldable-screen phones

Most Read