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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

OPP Attending Scott Young Boys Night!

OPP Bringing K-9 Member to Scott Young PS

Ontario Provincial Police will be in attendance at Scott Young Public School in Omemee for their ‘boys’ night’ presentations.

May 23, 2012 Scott Young Public School will be hosting a boy’s night presentation for the male students in grades 5 through 8 inclusive. The students will attend three different workshops designed to provide them with new experiences.

The OPP will have a member from the K-9 unit as well as the Emergency Response Team (ERT) in attendance to demonstrate some of the specialties that are utilized by the OPP as they police the province, including the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Canine Teams Constantly On Call

27 Canine teams: each consisting of a dog and a handler are stationed at strategic points across the province and provide canine support for search and rescue operations, tracking wanted persons, detecting narcotics, explosives, cadaver and physical evidence. Canine teams teams are on call 24 hours a day for assignment anywhere in Ontario.

Canine teams undergo 16 weeks of intensive training at the OPP Academy Canine Training Centre. During the first 16week training period dogs are trained to follow specific human scent over various terrains in all weather conditions. The dogs are also taught to protect the handler on command even in the face of gunfire.

Within one year of completing the training, teams return to be trained to detect narcotics.

Some Specialty dogs, usually Labrador retrievers, are trained for specific duties. There are currently 6 teams trained to detect explosives, 6 additional teams are trained to detect human remains that are buried or under water, and 3 teams are trained to locate people buried as a result of a disaster.
You can find out more about the OPP Canine Teams and the Emergency Response Team on the OPP website

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