The DRPS is mourning the loss of Police Service Dog Reese, a valuable member of the Canine Unit with dozens of arrests to his credit.
Reese, a German Shepherd, died suddenly and unexpectedly on August 15 while off duty. An examination revealed that he appears to have suffered a medical episode brought on by a blood clot.
PSD Reese and his handler D/Cst. Jeff Burns have been a valuable part of the Canine Unit since April 2010. Reese would have been six years old in November.
PSD Reese excelled at tracking and had boundless energy. He would often bounce beside his partner as he eagerly waited for the task at hand.
Reese and his handler were responsible for numerous arrests over the past four years, as well as locating weapons and evidence across the region. They had recently been certified in drug and gun detection in addition to their other duties.
Reese is deeply missed but fondly remembered by D/Cst. Burns, his wife and their children. He was an excellent partner to D/Cst. Burns and a huge part of the Burns family.
This is the first time that the DRPS has suffered the loss of an in-service canine in the 23 year history of our Canine Unit.
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