Every dog has its day at canine graduation ceremony

York Regional Police (YRP) welcomed two new German Shepherds to its canine unit in a paws-itively adorable graduation ceremony.

The dogs earned their badges after successfully completing their basic canine training course, which focused on tracking, building and area searches, evidence location, obedience and criminal apprehension.

The one-year-old dogs, both born in Slovakia, join a unit of 15 dogs and two handlers. Hux will be handled by Const. Mark Hansen, while York will be handled by Const. Zach Leece.

The YRP Canine Unit was launched in 1989 with four purebred German Shepherds donated by the Newmarket Lions Club. The teams may be used to track fleeing suspects, apprehend criminals, search for missing people and evidence, and help in high-risk arrests. They also help detecti narcotics, cadavers, explosives, firearms and ammunition.

YRP officers also unveiled the new Canine Community Partner wall during the ceremony. The wall recognizes community members and organizations who have donated money to purchase police service dogs, including Hux.

Hux, pictured here, and York took part in a graduation ceremony at York Regional Police (YRP) headquarters on Monday, Jan. 20. Photo courtesy of YRP.

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