The founding of the Edmonton Police Service Canine Unit reads like, well, a comic book.
The unit was founded in 1967. But the real story began four years earlier when Val Vallevand, a constable, approached Chief M.F.E. Anthony about forming a dog squad.
The Chief was reluctant; he was worried a dog would be overwhelmed with the noise and activity of a big city like Edmonton.
Val believed a dog’s keen sense of smell and sharp eyesight could prove valuable to police work. It was this belief that finally convinced the Chief to give Val a chance.
“Val was definitely the right man at the right time,” says Corps Sergeant Major Gary Cook. “He loved policing and he loved catching bad guys with a dog.”
Watch Val Vallevand Behind the Cover to learn more about the founder of the Canine Unit.