Kids at the Ability Centre day camp were surprised when two special guests stopped by for a visit on July 18. Five DRP officers brought police dogs Reese and Vegas for a fun afternoon of learning and sharing.
The kids, ranging from age 8-11, were all spell-bound as they listened intently to officers as they talked about working with the German Shepherds. Officers discussed the training process and why the dogs are a great asset on the police team, especially when it comes to catching “the bad guys”. The day campers were also excited to learn about the dog’s sense of smell and how they are taught to sniff out a trail.
The kids got a chance to ask the officers many questions and even shared a few comments about their own positive experiences with their family dogs. After the discussion, Reese and Vegas got a chance to make new friends when the kids were invited up to pet them.
Kids love the police dogs. They are a great way for police to build bridges and make a great connection with young people. Members from the K-9 Unit often drop by schools when they are available to teach youngsters about the value of the dogs and what their job on the team is.
Ability Centre Thumb (JPG file, 31.8K bytes)
DRP officers talked to the kids about the K-9 Unit (JPG file, 91.5K bytes)
The kids eagerly waited their turn to meet police dog Reese (JPG file, 118.3K bytes)
Reese and his handler D/Cst. Jeff Burns make a new friend (JPG file, 104.3K bytes)
The kids gather with DRP members for a group picture (JPG file, 107.7K bytes)
D/Cst. Armstrong with Vegas, S/Sgt. Gillis, Inspector Brown, Sgt. Iheme and D/Cst. Burns with Reese pose for a picture (JPG file, 119.4K bytes)