The Brockville Police Service has provided the City with excellent canine support since 1997. In that tradition, the current canine team consists of Cst. Jeffrey Rean and Canine “Chaser” (Chase). In March 2013 Brockville Police Service acquired Chase, a purebred Belgian Malinois who was born in Hungary in July of 2011, from a US training facility. While at this facility Chase was trained in suspect tracking, area and building searches, drug detection, evidence recovery, suspect apprehension and handler protection.
Upon completion of their training the canine unit was assigned to general uniform patrol duties, in this capacity the canine team will respond to the same calls for service as any other uniformed officers does, but an emphasis is placed on them to attend as many priority calls as possible, including alarms, serious domestics, suspicious persons, warrant execution and all instances in which canine support has been requested. The Team also provides proactive patrols in high-risk areas and/or troubled areas when not engaged in other activities. The Unit is on call 24 hours a day and is available to provide specialized support to frontline officers as well as to assist, when requested, other law enforcement agencies that require the services of a police dog.
In addition to general patrol, the canine unit also participates and works with community organizations to promote awareness of community events and public safety through attendance at various functions, displays and outings in and around the city of Brockville, they include School demo’s, telethon’s and educational exercises to name a few.
In the end the canine unit endeavors to stay true to the Brockville Police Service canine philosophy of “A COP WITH A DOG”.