The Durham Regional Police Association and members of the Canine Unit proudly unveiled a monument on June 25 to honour past police dogs. In attendance were Chief Mike Ewles, members of the DRPA, former members of the canine unit as well as their families.
Organized by Constable Darryl Rice, this monument is the first of its kind in Ontario. He said that he had made a pledge to himself to create a memorial for former canines, and was proud to reveal it two years later.
The two memorial stones were donated by Hard-Co and Stafford Monuments. Stafford also provided engraving of the stones and agreed to continue updating it when necessary. One stone displays a poem, which reads:
My eyes are your eyes
To watch and protect you
My ears are your ears
For your safety in the dark
My nose is your nose
To scent out dangers in the night
My life is also yours
So you may go home tonight
The canines honoured on the stone were Leo, Chase, Iron and Trux. It also displayed their handlers’ names, dates of service and dates of death.
Also in attendance were the current canine officers and their dogs Mako, Magnum, Havoc, Blitz, Hemmi, Ozzy, Tank, Titan and Dylan.
“Not only are these dogs partners to our officers, but significant members of our police service,” said Constable Rice.
Police dogs are trained for four months before joining a police force and typically retire at nine years of age. They then live with their handlers and families for the remainder of their lives.
For more information on the Canine Unit please contact S/Sgt. Al Mack at (905) 579-1520 Ext. 4440.
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