A drug dog and a tactical team headlined the kickoff to the first-ever proclaimed Calgary Corrections Awareness Week yesterday.

The presentation outside of the McDougall Centre included Ald. Joe Ceci and the solicitor general Fred Lindsay as the city launched the inaugural recognition.

“The work (they) do is not easy. The week is to honour and recognize the work done by all of corrections and to raise the profile and understanding of the work they do,” Ceci said.

Chaz the drug-sniffing dog was also on hand to display his skills, while the tactical team performed a routine.

Lindsay said there are approximately 600 provincial corrections employees working in the city at Calgary Corrections, the Calgary Young Offenders Centre and the Calgary Remand.

“They are all working together to reduce and prevent crime,” Lindsay added.