Waterloo Regional Police Launch Inaugural Canine Calendar in Support of Special Olympics Ontario

Canine Calendar

Waterloo Region, Ontario The Waterloo Regional Police Service is proud to launch its first-ever Canine Calendar in support of Special Olympics Ontario.

The 2020 calendar features the Service’s four canines – Chase, Grim, Ranger, and Tracker - with their handlers, and documents their work as they attempt to solve a case of stolen dog bones.

All proceeds raised from the sale of the calendars will go towards the Special Olympics Ontario Spring 2020 Games, which the Waterloo Regional Police Service is proud to be hosting.

To mark the official launch of the calendar, members of the Canine unit will be on hand at PetSmart, located at 655 Fairway Road South in Kitchener, on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. They will be available to sign calendars, take photographs, and provide information on their unit.

The calendars can be purchased in person at the launch event or online at www.wrps.on.ca/canine.

“We are excited to launch this calendar as a fun way to not only recognize the great work of our Canine unit, but as a way to support the talented Special Olympics Ontario athletes,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. “This is also an opportunity for the community to come together and show their support for the athletes and for the Special Olympics Ontario organization.”

The Games take place May 21-23, 2020 in venues across Waterloo Region and will feature five sports: basketball, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, powerlifting and 10-pinbowling. More than 2,000 athletes, coaches, staff, and spectators, supported by more than 500 community volunteers, are expected to be part of the event. This is the first time the Games are being held in Waterloo Region.

The Waterloo Regional Police Service has utilized police canines since April, 1986. The canines are trained to support officers in tracking and apprehending suspects, locating missing persons, recovering stolen or missing property or evidence, and detecting hidden contraband, such as drugs, firearms, ammunition, and currency. In 2018, the Canine Unit conducted 344 suspect tracks, made 45 arrests, executed 47 high or medium risk search warrants, located 30 property-related items, and participated in 14 public demonstrations.

Media Inquiries:

Cherri Greeno

Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Information

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773

cherri.greeno@wrps.on.ca

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