The EPS Canine Unit Community Outreach Demonstration program was established to positively promote the unit and the organization as a whole. When a request for demonstration is received, a selected Canine handler and dog will attend the desired location on a priority and first-come-first-serve basis. Popular locations include schools, community events, hospitals and senior citizens’ organizations. The demonstration is approximately 45 minutes in duration and may include a short video outlining the daily activities and duties of the dog and handler. Coloring books targeted at children aged 3-8 years old may also be provided. Together, the video and the demonstration aim to bridge the gap between the public and police by presenting and explaining the value and benefit of Canine inclusion in policing and protecting the community. Crime prevention and criminal deterrence messaging is stressed throughout.
The Canine Community Outreach Trailer, sponsored by the Edmonton Police Foundation, will also assist with larger, outdoor demonstration and is equipped with a large flat screen TV, video and audio equipment. The trailer has been used several times in the past, entertaining audiences as large as half a school.
If you are interested in having the Canine Community Outreach Trailer come to an event, please contact your district Community Liasion Constable.