WATCH ABOVE: The new Calgary Police Service Canine Unit calendar is out and the police dogs were happy to meet their adoring fans. Global’s Leslie Horton checks it out.
CALGARY – Get ready for a year of adorable dogs: Calgary police unveiled the 2016 CPS Canine Unit calendar Wednesday.
You can get the $10 calendar at all Safeway stores in Calgary or online at www.calgarypolicefoundation.ca or www.calgarypolice.ca.
The calendar features most of the unit’s 22 dogs and a special poster that can be removed. You can also read additional details about the service dogs.
Proceeds go towards the Calgary Police Foundation’s funded program YouthLink Calgary, which educates young people about “crime and its consequences, the role of police in society, and demonstrates how sound lifestyle choices today can lead to fulfilling tomorrows,” according to police.
Calendar sales have raised nearly $100,000 in the last two years.
“Since 1960, the dogs have played an integral role in apprehending individuals who have committed serious criminal offenses, and locating evidence of a crime such as weapons or clothing, or for finding drugs, explosives and cadavers,” said police in a release. “This year alone, police service dogs have responded to roughly 3,200 calls, with the dogs being deployed in more than half of those situations. Since January, at least 260 arrests can be attributed directly to the unit.”