A ‘pawsitive’ experience at Provincial Police Headquarters in Orillia today where the 2020 OPP Canine Unit Calendar was unveiled. Each month features photos of different OPP canine from across the province. This is the third year in a row the dogs of the OPP have been featured in a calendar.
“All of the proceeds from the purchase of the calendars go the OPP Children’s Foundation and the OPP Museum” said Sergeant David Gillan, Program Support Coordinator.
Duties performed by the OPP’s four-legged heroes include providing support for search and rescue, tracking wanted persons, detecting narcotics and searching for firearms, explosives and physical evidence.
“We started with three canine units in 1965, and they were trained in Maryland. The program has been expanding since then to the current capacity of 28 teams and just over 50 dogs.” said Gillan.
Last year’s calendar sales raised more than $27,500. Each calendar costs $10 and can be purchased at the OPP Off Duty Shop (777 Memorial Avenue, Orillia) or online at oppshop.on.ca