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OPP Canines Take a ‘Paws’ Fighting Crime to Strike a Pose

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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) canines put their best paws forward in the seventh annual OPP Canine Unit Calendar, with proceeds going to support charities.

The OPP Canine Unit has been supporting frontline and specialized policing functions to keep Ontarians safe for more than 50 years. Handlers and their canines provide assistance with search and rescue, tracking wanted persons, detecting narcotics, and searching for firearms, explosives and physical evidence.

The calendar features 24 photos, with canines from around the province showcasing their specialty, location and role. July’s canine, six-year-old Kilo from London, is seen being lifted onto his handler’s shoulder using the carry method – a move that allows canines to be comfortably carried over dangerous grounds. In March you will meet five-year-old Mane from Orillia, an explosives detection canine who uses his keen sense of smell to identify an explosive device under a vehicle during a training exercise. Finally, prepare to get on the water with August’s model, seven-year-old Dance from Sault Ste. Marie.

All proceeds from the 2023 OPP Canine Unit calendar go to the OPP Youth Foundation and the Friends of The OPP Museum. The charities thank everyone for their generosity as last year’s calendar sales raised more than $42,900 for these worthy causes. Each calendar costs $15 and can be purchased at the OPP Off Duty Shopp at oppshop.on.ca.

Learn more about the OPP Canine Unit by watching the recent live chat featuring a canine trainer and canine demonstration on Twitter or Facebook.

Kilo, Mane and Dance’s calendar photos are attached to this media release.

ABOUT THE CHARITIES

The OPP Youth Foundation provides funds to disadvantaged youth throughout the province of Ontario. The Friends of The OPP Museum is a volunteer-based charitable organization that supports, promotes and assists in the preservation of the history of the OPP. For more information, visit oppyouthfoundation.ca and oppmuseumfriends.ca.

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