Dog squad is oldest in the country



Jared Ferrie/Metro Vancouver


Beware of dog Vancouver Deputy Police Chief Jim Chu and new police dog Diesel demonstrate criminal apprehension techniques at police headquarters yesterday. Vancouver’s dog squad celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The Vancouver Police Department yesterday welcomed three new four-legged recruits to a squad that’s been taking a bite out of crime for half a century.

The VPD Dog Squad — the oldest and second largest in Canada — now has 18 members.

All will be present at the squad’s 50th anniversary party at the Burrard Seaforth Armouries, Nov. 17.

The event, which is open to the public, will include demonstrations, a photo gallery and news clips.

“One of the things we hear from criminals is that one of their greatest fears is being arrested by a police dog,” said incoming Police Chief Jim Chu.

While police dogs are mainly German Shepherds, the VPD also has a Black Lab that specializes in sniffing out drugs.