This week, our “Boys of Summer” series takes a look at Havoc, and his handler Detective Constable Wayne King. A member of the DRPS for 12 years, D/Cst. King has been working with the K-9 Unit since 2007. If the name seems familiar to you, it could be because our “Boys of Summer” feature had a look at D/Cst. King’s twin brother Wes, and his K-9, Blitz, a few weeks ago.
1. What kind of dog is Havoc, and how old is he?
Havoc is a black German Sheppard and he’s six years old. He was born in the Czech Republic as a family farm dog, and was identified early as having the traits needed to become a successful police dog.
2. When did he join DRP?
He joined the DRP in 2007, not long after he was born.
3. What kind of specialty training does Havoc have?
Havoc is trained as a general purpose dog, and has skills in tracking suspects and missing people, plus building searches, evidence detection and handler protection.
4. Can you tell us about some of Havoc’s career highlights?
Havoc and I attended the scene of a break-and-enter in progress, and observed a suspect in a ground level apartment stealing items. Havoc was deployed to enter the building to apprehend the suspect, who then ran out of the apartment as Havoc was attempting to apprehend him. The suspect managed to lock Havoc in the apartment as he fled into a residential area. We began tracking the suspect, who was eventually located hiding in a backyard under a deck. Once again, the suspect attempted to escape and was in the process of leaping a fence as Havoc was deployed. Havoc leapt up, and apprehended the suspect by the leg and dragged him off the fence where officers placed him under arrest. The suspect had three Canada wide warrants relating to bank robberies with firearms, and had been on the run for more than three years.
Another incident we attended was a shots fired call at a large house party in Whitby. Upon arrival, the Tactical Support Unit cleared the residence; however the suspect kicked out the screen on a rear window and fled. While we were containing the rear of the residence as the Tactical Support Unit was inside, Havoc began digging at the ground into some long vegetation and located the discarded, loaded semi-automatic handgun that was used in the offence. If not for Havoc, recovery of the weapon would have been very difficult.
5. What about some fun facts about Havoc?
During his apprehension training, Havoc broke his bottom left canine tooth on a bite sleeve. He took a trip to visit a special dental veterinarian for dogs to have a titanium tooth surgically implanted to replace the broken one. After consultation, the vet decided there was enough of the tooth remaining to sharpen it into a point instead. Because of this, Havoc’s tongue hangs to the side of his mouth when he smiles.
Havoc also never stops pacing and whining during our 12-hour shifts. He will only lay down when the police vehicle is stationary for an extended period of time, because his desire to work is so strong.
The "Boys of Summer" series continues next Friday.
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Havoc hanging out at the skate park (JPG file, 350.8K bytes)
Havoc cooling down at the splash pad (JPG file, 389.2K bytes)