Kingston Police announced a new four-legged member will be patrolling the streets of Kingston with handler Constable Jeff Dickson.
Police Service Dog Dak, also known as K9-9, originates from the same breeder as former Kingston Police Service Dog Zeus and therefore comes from a strong proven pedigree, according to a release from Kingston Police, dated Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. He was born May 8, 2019 in Slovakia, and is a German Shepherd and Belgium Malinois mix. Dak began his extensive training over a period of 16 weeks with the Ottawa Police Service in August 2020, according to the release. Dak joined Kington Police in October and spent nine weeks training in Ottawa with his new handler Constable Jeff Dickson.
Dak officially started his service with Kingston Police in December and is trained in tracking, article searches, apprehension/handler protection and building searches, Kingston Police said in the release. He will be trained in drug and firearm detection this coming year.
On Tuesday, Jan 5, 2021, Dak assisted in his first arrest at Collins Bay Institution, alongside Constable Dickson, tracking and locating the suspect in a marshy area.
Police Service Dog Bask, also known as K9-8, has been reassigned to work with Sergeant Paul Doak as his handler. Kingston Police are pleased to welcome Dak to the Kingston Police family and say they look forward to the continued success of the Canine Unit program.