One of Durham Regional Police Service’s finest police dogs, “Iron”, is retiring from the force after a successful, five-year career with the Canine Unit.
Iron and his K-9 handler Constable Dave Saliba were involved in approximately 150 arrests during their partnership. Constable Saliba’s proudest moments with Iron include saving the life of a lost child and apprehending a suspect who had just shot a man.
The purebred German Shepherd was brought to DRP from the Czech Republic in 1997 and completed his training with the Toronto Police Dog Services Unit in early 1998. Iron competed in police dog trials last year, winning the "suspect search" competition and placing 4th in the novice category.
Iron is retiring due to a deteriorating lower back injury. His skills as a police dog and his courage in the line of duty will be greatly missed by the Service. Iron will continue to be cared for by his partner, Constable Saliba.
DRP K-9 "Iron" (JPG file, 8.8K bytes)