Kingston Police K-9 Unit and Mounted Police
Kingston Police K-9 Demonstrations
11 a.m. daily
A spectator favourite, we welcome back Constables Jeff Dickson and Mark McCreary along with their K9 partners Zeus and Titan, all members of the Kingston Police K9 Unit. This demo will highlight obedience, protection, detection work and criminal apprehension skills. This year, they will be joined by their counterparts from the Ottawa Police Services Canine Unit, and we extend a big welcome to them as well.
The primary task of the Canine Unit - tracking - amounts to about 70% of their calls. The remainder of calls are for detection work for drugs or firearms. The 16 week basic training for the dogs and their handlers, is the longest course in police training. It covers agility, obedience, building searches, and handler protection, but the majority of the course time is spent on tracking skills. Please note: this demonstration is subject to cancellation, in the event that they are called out on an active case.
There is only one show a day, so don’t miss it!
Watch for the Mounted Police!
Also keep your eyes open for Constable Deb Wicklam, who will be joined at the trials this year by the newest member of the Kingston Police Mounted Police Unit, Sarah Groenewegen. They will be accompanied by Deb’s horse Donovan, and the new horse, called “Q” in the interim, but whose new name is currently under consideration. Hopefully we will know her name by the time the trials arrive! Don’t be shy to approach them when you see them anytime throughout the weekend. Deb, Sarah and their horses, are always happy to meet people while out and about in the community. Welcome Constable Groenewegen, to the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials. We hope you love it as much as Constable Deb and Donovan do!
We extend our sincere thanks to the Kingston Police for their ongoing support of the festival.