August 12, 2014 12:41 pm

New Saskatoon police dog Matrix fighting crime

Newly trained Saskatoon police dog Matrix is already fighting crime in the city.

Saskatoon Police Service / Supplied

SASKATOON – Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) welcomed a new member this month and he’s already taking a bite out of crime.

Constable Joel Lalonde’s newest partner, Matrix, has completed training and is now a part of the police canine unit.

Matrix is a 15-month-old Belgian Malinois.

In just a few days on the job, he has assisted in the arrest of two people.

In March, Lalonde said goodbye to his former police service dog, Diego.

This seven-year-old German Shepherd passed away after a short bout with cancer.

Diego was the only SPS canine with explosive detection abilities and even checked out Mosaic Stadium prior to the 101st Grey Cup.

As a team, Lalonde and Diego helped apprehend nearly 150 suspects over five years.

Diego will be missed by the Lalonde family as well as the entire SPS.

This seven-year-old German Shepherd passed away after a short bout with cancer.

Saskatoon Police Service / Supplied
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