Waterloo Regional Police Service Welcomes Two New Members to the Canine Unit

Two police service dogs

Waterloo Region, Ontario – The Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) is proud to welcome two new police service dogs to its Canine Unit.

After collecting more than 600 name suggestions from the Waterloo Region community, the Canine Unit officially named one of the dogs River in honour of the Grand River and the 50th anniversary of the police service.

The second dog, officially named Milo, was named by the woodworking students at Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School after the police service partnered with the class to build new training obstacles for the Canine Unit.

River is a one-year-old German Shepherd and Belgian Malinios cross dog and Milo is a one-year-old German Shepherd. Both were born in Czechia.

“On behalf of the police service, we are proud to officially welcome our newest members, River and Milo,” said Mark Crowell, Chief of Police. “River and Milo join fellow canine team members, Ranger and Nicho, and will be valuable assets to the service, assisting in many types of investigations.”

Before reporting for duty, River and Milo will complete a 16-week training program. During the program, they will be taught obedience and agility while learning how to conduct proper tracking, property/evidence searches, building searches, handler protection, and criminal apprehension.

WRPS has utilized police canines since 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.

River and Milo will officially join the Canine Unit at the end of July.

Welcome to the team, River and Milo!

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Waterloo Regional Police Service
Public Information Unit
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8188

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