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Canine Unit fetches Top Dog award


September 15-17 was a weekend for learning, honouring those who led us here, and, of course, friendly competition between canine teams from across Canada.


The Edmonton Police Service’s Canine Unit hosted the 2017 Canadian Police Canine Association Trials in celebration of their unit’s 50th year within EPS and as celebration for EPS’ 125th anniversary.


Our Canine Unit represented our Service to the utmost respect. Our members spent exhaustive amounts of time and effort to put on a perfect weekend for all competitors and the public, and they outdid themselves. It was a weekend for handlers to learn from one another and for the public to see what our members, both two and four-legged, do every single day to keep our cities safe.


Our five teams were remarkable and truly proved how strong our training and skills are, but it reinforced the importance of this special partnership our Canine members have with PSDs. It is our handlers' and PSDs’ teamwork and dedication to their craft that make our Service worthy of such achievements as Top Dog. Congratulations to all five teams for your hard work through the weekend’s difficult competitions.


Some may say we had the home advantage, but for the third year in a row, a member from our unit took the Top Dog award - Constable Nick Leachman and PSD Finn. Three out of our five teams placed in the Top 5 overall!


Cst. Tony Costa & PSD Amok

#4 Evidence Search

#2 Building Search

#2 Compound Search


Cst. Lauren Croxford & PSD Bender

#4 Agility


Cst. Bryan Langevin & PSD Fallon

#1 Agility

#3 Building Search

#5 Overall


Cst. Ryan Busby & PSD Jagger:

#1 Obedience

#2 Agility

#3 Compound Search

#2 Apprehension

#3 Overall


Cst. Nick Leachman & PSD Finn:

#3 Obedience

#3 Agility

#5 Apprehension

#4 Tracking

#1 Overall