In January of 1997 a proposal was presented to the Kinsmen Club of Brockville who recognized the need and donated funding in the amount of $12,000.00 to establish the Brockville Police Service Canine Unit. Cst. Keith Fleury was the first police dog handler and was partnered with PSD (Police Service Dog) ‘Brock’, a German Shepherd.
They completed training with the Ontario Provincial Police, Metro Toronto Police and Durham Regional Police. They served the community for nearly six years and during that time the unit was responsible for just over 100 arrests and many seizures of illicit narcotics including a joint investigation with the RCMP for the seizure of a truck load of hashish valued at over 15 million dollars.
The PSD Brock retired in 2002 and lived a long life until his passing in 2008 from a stroke. He was 13.
Sep was Brockville’s second ever Police Canine and first used Belgian Malinois breed. The Malionis is now widely used in police and military as a law enforcement canine. The breed is smaller than the Shepherd, but trades the size for speed, agility and grit.
Sep started his canine duties in Brockville in 2002, just after the tragic terrorist attacks in 2001. For this reason, a thoughtful student from our region, chose September or “Sep” as his name. He graduated at the top of his canine class in North Carolina and returned to work the streets until 2008, when he retired.
Sep will be remembered for his undying loyalty for his partner and handler, Cst. Mike Grant, who Sep would never take his eyes off, for their entire shift. Sep would stay standing and ready to go for his entire shift in the K9 truck. Sep passed away in November of 2010, at the age of 11.
K9 Trax is Belgian Malinois born October 31, 2002. Trax is officially retired as Brockville’s third general purpose K9. K9 Trax handled by partner Sgt. Shawn Borgford proudly served the City of Brockville for 9 years and remained true to the unit’s mandate, a cop with a dog.
Trax was proven and remained effective in all areas including tracking, drug detection, evidence recovery, handler protection and suspect apprehension. Trax and Sgt. Borgford enjoyed a strong relationship with their community. Countless public demonstrations assisted with public awareness, student education, and the necessary development of positive and trusting relationships with members of the community.
Trax passed away in October of 2015 at the age of 13. He will be sadly missed by his family and the members of the Brockville Police. His legacy will live on in our K9 Hall of Honour. Thanks for your years of Service Trax!