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Even An RCMP Police Service Dog Can Have A Social Distancing “Faux Paw”

Chilliwack – There was no time to ask Dr. Bonnie Henry for a special exemption from social distancing as Police Service Dog Griff caught a suspect in the middle of a break and enter at a Ranger Station at the Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park recently.

On Saturday May 2, PSD Griff was conducting foot patrols with his Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS) human police partner when the pair heard a loud bang coming from the Ranger Station which had been the target of a recent break-in.

“The IPDS was in the area to do pro-active patrols because there had been a break-in at the station,” explains Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD. “An investigation into the source of the noise led PSD Griff in a close face-to-face with a man allegedly attempting to break into the station.” The 46-year-old man was quickly arrested by police.

The man was later released from custody.

All circumstances of the investigation will be forwarded in a report from the RCMP to the BC Prosecutors Service for their assessment of criminal charges.

“Proactive police work and PSD Griff highlight the continued dedicated efforts of all frontline police officers and staff of the Chilliwack RCMP,” says Rail. “From one hero to another, PSD Griff begs Dr. Bonnie Henry’s forgiveness for the social distancing faux paw, just this one time.”

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