This week, our “Boys of Summer” series has a look at Detective Constable Jeff Burns and his K-9 partner, Reese, who enjoys nothing more than coming into the office and hitting the streets for a day (or night) of policing.
1. What kind of dog is Reese, and how old is he?
Reese is a Sable German Shepherd, and he is four-years-old.
2. When did he join DRP?
Reese started his training in April 2010 and began active duty that August. This is his third year on the road.
3. What kind of specialty training does Reese have?
Reese is trained as a general purpose dog. He’s trained in tracking, searching and apprehensions.
4. Can you tell us about some of Reese’s career highlights?
Reese and I responded to a report of a home invasion in Ajax, where four males had entered a home with two children present. The suspects were armed with handguns and a crowbar. While we were en route, the suspects fled out the back door and into a green space, and ultimately into a vehicle. Reese tracked the suspects from the house, through the green space, and located a loaded handgun in the bush.
Another incident we were involved in occurred last summer when we responded to a report of shots fired in the dunes near Boundary Rd in Clarington. The Tactical Support Unit (TSU) and Air1 were also on the scene, and secured people and vehicles as they left the area. It was determined that the one remaining vehicle had the suspect and most likely the rifles we were looking for. Air1 located the vehicle at the top of a hill, obviously attempting to avoid any contact with us. As Air1 monitored, Reese and I, along with members of the TSU approached on foot, concealed by darkness, in an effort to close the gap in distance. As we got closer, the vehicle accelerated and attempted to flee. Air1 called out every move the vehicle made, before it eventually got stuck in the sand. The TSU moved in and blocked the vehicle, causing the suspect to attempt to flee on foot. Reese apprehended the suspect, and the TSU members placed him in custody.
5. What about some fun facts about Reese?
Reese gets his name from the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. While trying to decide on a name, I looked at his fur and colourings, and noticed he was dark brown, light brown, and with more dark brown all down his side. I thought he looked like a peanut butter cup, and I called out “Reese!” He turned and looked over, and the rest is history.
Reese is like all of the other DRPS K-9s; very loyal and hard working. Everything he does at work, he does because it’s fun and he loves his job. He can do things no human, computer or machine can do. His nose is a valuable crime fighting tool.
Our “Boys of Summer” feature continues next week.
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Reese on the green at the Oshawa Golf Course (JPG file, 368.1K bytes)
Scoping out the scenery (JPG file, 468.2K bytes)