Estevan's newest Police Officer, K9 Max was officially introducd to the Estevan Police Board last night.

"I want to thank everyone on the Police Board for giving me the opportunity to do this," shares Cst. Paul Chabot, the handler for Max. "I told the Chief when I interviewed for the position, it was a dream of mine, I was going to be a police officer but I always wanted to be a canine handler. I just started out in it but I can tell it's already really rewarding."

Cst Chabot outlined a few things that Max is able to do.

"We trained on a variety of things. One of the mainstays is tracking. People think tracking, you're thinking like a criminal which he can do."

He shared that Max is very good at tracking, not only tracking suspects fleeing, but if there are calls for missing people, whether it be an older person who has wandered off or a missing child, Max is very adept tracking them. He is also trained to treat fleeing suspects and missing people differently and is given commands by the handler. The Estevan Police Service is very aware of past incidents around the province and across Canada and safety of the residents are top priority.

"He's trained to bite when I tell him to bite."

As well, Max scored very high in training with his ability to track evidence in the field.

"Say someone commits a crime and threw something off. He's really good at scent work so the evidence that was thrown away, hes able to locate that."

Chief Ladouceur shared a story when he was investigating a rash of armed robberies. A police dog was utilized and was able to locate a discarded balaclava.

"It never would have been found without the dog. We get DNA from the balaclava and we get a hit and 12 hours later he's in custody."

As well, Max is able to locate freshly fired firearms.

"There's also the drug profile," contiunes Cst. Chabot. "With that it brings a variety of aspects. He can go to the schools and show the kids the things he can do. And with drugs, it's not just going into a house and finding drugs, it's outside of vehicles."

Max is also able to be used in protection situations as Chief Ladouceur outlines. 

"This is a less than lethal force, this is an option for the officer if someone has met the threshold for use of force then the dog will be deployed."

Max will be available to help surrounding communities if they are in need. 

Currently, the Estevan Police is finalizing their policies regarding the new dog and once those are in place which should be completed by the end of the week which mean Cst. Chabot and Max should be hitting the streets starting next week. 

READ MORE: K9 Max Almost Ready to Join the EPS

 

More Local News

Feeling Blue? SAD Impacts People in Different Ways

The third Monday in January, better known as Blue Monday, is said to be one of the saddest and most depressing days of the year. There are many factors that make January depressing, including paying…

Police Variety Show Returns

The Estevan Police Association is holding their Police Variety Show on January 31 at the Estevan Comprehensive School at 6:30 pm. The show will feature performances by Marty Putz, Richy Roy, and…

Equipment At Arena Suspected Source of Carbon Monoxide

More information is coming out about the carbon monoxide poisoning incident in Montmartre Saturday. SaskEnergy suspects the source of the carbon monoxide, which sent upwards of fifteen players aged…

Snow Covered Licence Plate Could Result in Fine

With the recent dusting of snow we've received in the Friendly City, it's usual for drivers to clean off their windshield and lights before hitting the road. However, make sure not to forget to wipe…

Princesses And Superheroes Came Together To Fight for A Cure

There were many superheroes and princesses at the Super Magical Princess and Superhero Ball Saturday afternoon and everyone had a great time. "It's very good, everyone showed up and their having a…

EPS Kept Impaired Driver Off The Road

Early into Saturday evening, the Estevan Police Service were called to a two-vehicle collision on King Street and Souris Avenue. A westbound vehicle attempted to make a left turn from King Street and…

Accident On Friday Night

An accident on Friday evening kept Emergency crews busy. "At approximately 11 pm on January 18th, Estevan Police and Estevan Fire were called to the scene of a single vehicle collision," explains…

New Look for Canadian Dollar in 2019: Will Honour Gay Rights

Joe Wickenhauser is the Executive Director of Moose Jaw PRIDE and the Saskatchewan PRIDE Network. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. To commemorate…

SaskPower Pleased With Performance Of CCS at Boundary Dam Power Station

SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station had a great year in 2018, according to their vice president of power production, Howard Matthews. The facility…

Millions for Crop Research in Saskatchewan

On Wednesday, the federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $12 million in funding for forty-four crop-related research…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login