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EPS hosts 2017 Canadian Police Canine Association National Championship Trials

Edmontonians invited to Sunday’s free, family-friendly event

For Immediate Release:13-Sep-2017 @ 12:35 PM
MRU #:17R118

The Edmonton Police Service’s Canine Unit is hosting the 2017 National Championship Canine Trials this weekend in Edmonton, to determine which Canadian team will be awarded “Top Dog.”

Each year, canine teams from across Canada come together in friendly competition to test their skills. This year’s trials will take place over the course of three days, commencing Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. While Sept. 15 and 16 are closed to the public, the trials culminate into a public day on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at RE/MAX Field located at 10233-96 Avenue. Opening ceremonies for the event will take place at 9 a.m., with a half-time program around noon. The event is scheduled to conclude at 4 p.m..


“Everyone is welcome to the public event taking place on Sunday,” says Const. Murray Burke, Chairman of the Trials and handler with the EPS Canine Unit. “There will be plenty of activities for children and families… and of course, lots of dogs,” says Burke.


The events taking place Sept. 15 and 16 include tracking, evidence location, detection, building and compound searches, as well as drug and explosive detection. The public day on Sept. 17, will showcase agility, obedience and criminal apprehension – skills which handlers and their dogs use each day on the job.  


Forty-two different dog teams from 14 different agencies across the country will be participating in this year’s trials.


“This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the EPS Canine Unit,” says Burke. “So it would be nice to defend our Top Dog title for the third year in a row on home turf.”


The Canadian Police Canine Association (CPCA) is a non-profit organization formed in 1978 by several dog handlers. For more information on the CPCA or the trials, please visit www.canadianpolicecanine.com and www.cpcaedmonton2017.com.


Please contact Cheryl Sheppard at (780) 421-2671 for more information.

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