November 6, 2017 7:39 pm

Central Alberta training centre teaches RCMP dogs to detect human remains

Genie indicates she detected human remains by sitting next to the box containing the remains.

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The first two RCMP canine teams to be taught to sniff out human remains have graduated from the force’s police dog training centre in central Alberta.

What makes their training even more unusual is that real human remains were used.

Mounties say they are the only Canadian police agency to do so.

The first four RCMP dog teams to be trained to detect human remains. From left to right: Corporal Andrew Tarala with Genie from Brandon, Man.; Constable Brian Veniot with Doc from Halifax, N.S.; Corporal Jesse Gawne with Ejay from Lethbridge, Alta.; Staff Sergeant Joel Leblanc with Henny from Surrey, B.C.

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Typically, animal remains or medical waste are used.

The human remains used for training at Innisfail, Alta., are provided by donors and their families through the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service.

The force says the dogs’ added skill set will help collect evidence, make progress in historical investigations and provide closure to grieving families.

READ MORE: Meet Doc: the first RCMP cadaver dog in Canada

Watch below: At just 88 pounds, Doc isn’t your typical police officer. The canine and his handler are already earning a spot in the history books. Global’s Natasha Pace filed this report on Canada’s first RCMP cadaver dog in March 2016.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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