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Edmonton police canine unit top dogs in Canada

Edmonton police Const. Murray Burke and PSD Maverick showing off their skills Tuesday morning after bringing home top honours from the Canadian Police Canine Association Trials. September 29, 2015.
Edmonton police Const. Murray Burke and PSD Maverick showing off their skills Tuesday morning after bringing home top honours from the Canadian Police Canine Association Trials. September 29, 2015. Fletcher Kent, Global News

EDMONTON — An Edmonton police canine unit has proven to be the best in the country.

The Edmonton Police Service Canine Unit brought home top honours from the Canadian Police Canine Association Trials earlier this month.

Const. Murray Burke and PSD Maverick won the overall competition. The duo also finished first in Obedience and Criminal Apprehension, and placed fourth in Detection.

“It was quite a surprise coming in that they called our name, and I wasn’t expecting it. It was quite surprising that final night when we had that award ceremony,” said Burke.

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Burke and Maverick have been with the Canine Unit for five years.

“It’s a significant accomplishment. I think it speaks volumes to the dedication of our members and the pride that they take in their craft,” said Sgt. Adam Segin, Canine Unit.

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Burke credits his successful results at the trials to holding himself and his partner to a high standard.

“You make that little error and you’re always dwelling on that little error.”

Thirty five police dogs and their handlers from 15 police agencies across Canada competed in the three-day event in Medicine Hat.

The first two days of competition focused on tracking evidence, searching buildings and areas, as well as drug and explosive detection. The final day concentrated on obedience, agility, and criminal apprehension.

Another EPS canine team, Const. Kelly Lang and PSD Fozzy, finished fourth in Criminal Apprehension.

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