It's been a lot of hard work and training, but K9 Max is now ready for duty. Both Max and handler, Cst. Paul Chabot went through extensive training to be able to fulfill the position.
"When the dog got back, initially what we did, we worked with the K9 Sargent," explained Police Chief, Paul Ladouceur. "The K9 unit does report to a Sargent just like any other position within the service, and that is Sgt. Craig Bird."
"We worked with Sgt. Bird and K9 Officer Chabot, and the Deputy Chief worked collaboratively to develop the K9 policy which sets the guidelines for when the dog would be called out, the types of call the dog would be utilized for and all aspects of dog handling. That had to be developed before we could put the dog into active duty to ensure everyone's safety."
"That's done now, the dog is now active and is able to be utilized on calls. The dog hasn't gone on any major calls as of yet however, the dog has been out and about in the community and the dog is in a position to be utilized when required as of right now."