The Manitoba First Nations Police Service (MFNPS) has a new four-legged recruit.
Zion, a Belgian Malinois, is currently learning the ropes with Cst. Travis Assiniboine — Manitoba’s first-ever First Nations K-9 handler.
Assiniboine was selected for the role in a competition at the MFNPS Opaskwayak detachment last month, and is currently undergoing an intensive 16-week training regimen with Zion in Brandon.
Upon graduation, Zion — with the help of his handler — will be adept at search and rescue, drug and firearms detection, and suspect apprehension.