Durham Regional Police have a new crime-fighting duo to help keep the region safe – Cst. Bryan Armstrong and his four-legged partner, Mako.
The team hit the streets last week under the coaching of Cst. Chris Crosby, who’s dog, Trux, recently retired from policing after nine years of service. Mako is a 75 lb. Belgian Malinois (pronounced MAL-in-wah), the second to join the K-9 unit.
Like his teammates Chase and Justice, Mako is cross-trained as a narcotics dog and a general patrol dog. This beautiful two and one-half year-old animal is larger than most Malinois and pure black, a rare trait.
The Malinois breed is a variety of Belgian Sheepdog and is named after the Belgian city of Malines. The breed is considered the second fastest next to the greyhound.
“Mako has a lot of energy,” says Cst. Armstrong, “He’s fast, driven and also very social. He loves attention when people are around, but when he’s working, he’s very focused and controlled.”
The Service now has seven specially trained dogs. Lex and Rush are general-purpose dogs. Chase, Justice and Mako do double-duty as general patrol and narcotics dogs. Dillon, a Springer Spaniel, is solely a narcotics dog, and Brix is the expert in explosive detection. To find out more about the our dogs, visit the Canine Unit web page.
Mako will stay with PC Armstrong for the rest of his life, even after the dog retires from the Service.
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