Just in time to join our Boys of Summer feature, the newest member of our K-9 family, Axel.
Axel, a Belgian Malinois (approximate age of 14 months), was a stray who came to us from a shelter where he was slated to be euthanized. An alert employee recognized his potential due to his age, breed and drive. Through various networks and friendships, Axel ended up with a rescue group who had a connection with K-9 Handler Detective Constable Bryan Armstrong. In an ironic turn of events, D/Cst. Armstrong had just put down his retired K-9 partner Mako, a few days before due to a serious illness. After some phone calls were made, the K-9 Unit decided to test and evaluate Axel.
Now, after seven weeks of extensive training, Axel is certified to provincial K-9 standards in drug and gun detection and is now an official member of our K-9 Unit; at no cost to DRP. Axel was introduced and trained to locate eight separate drug smells and gun and ammunition scents. He loves his work and excelled at the course and will patrol the streets of Durham with his other furry partner, PSD Vegas, assisting frontline officers and specialty units searching for guns and drugs.
Axel was named after the father of D/Cst. Armstrongs first working dog, Bascoe, who was trained in cadaver detection. Bascoes father Axel was a Ringsport III Champion in his prime.
We welcome Axel to DRPS and are happy he has a new "leash" on life.
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