Since 1957, our police service dogs have been valuable members of our team in helping fight crime – the oldest municipal police dog unit in Canada.
The dogs and their handlers track suspects, and find evidence, drugs, firearms, and explosives. They go to about 7,000 calls for service in Vancouver each year, like crimes in progress or that have just happened, including break-ins, assaults, and robberies.
Our dogs wear custom-fitted ballistic vests to increase their safety. While on duty, handlers drive specially designed SUVs, with air-conditioned kennels and heat alarms that will sound if the interior temperature becomes unsafe.
VPD police service dogs live with their handlers as part of their family. They work as long as they are able, usually until they are aged eight to ten, and continue living with their family when they retire.
Take a virtual tour of the VPD Canine Unit