The Hamilton Police Service was the first in the province to bring in a formal unit, back in 1960.
Currently, Hamilton’s K9 Unit is comprised of four officers and their assigned German shepherds - Scout, Jake, Maverick and Armour.
The officers and their assigned dogs undergo an extensive 16-week training course to learn how to chase, track narcotics, firearms, explosives and even missing persons.
The K9 Unit is an enormous asset to the Hamilton Police Service family and are often utilized in serious calls such as robberies, weapons calls, drug calls and ground searches.
Meet our K9 Units
K9-1 Officer Kerkhof & PSD Scout
Officer Kerkhof has been a member of the Hamilton Police Service since 1997 and joined the Canine Unit in 2013, where he was partnered with Police Service Dog “Scout” who is a purebred German Shepherd. Scout was born in Hungary in October, 2011. He was raised in Belgium before coming to Canada. PSD Scout is trained in human scent detection, including tracking, area & building searches, evidence search, criminal apprehension and search & rescue. Scout is “vigilant and loyal” and together they are “Guardians of the Night”.
K9-2 Officer Willson & PSD Jake
Officer Willson has been a member of Hamilton Police Service since 2008, and joined the Canine Unit in 2014 when he was partnered with Police Service Dog "Jake". Jake is a purebred German Shepherd born March 28, 2013 in the Czech Republic. Jake is cross-trained in human scent and narcotics detection. Together they provide support to officers by locating missing, lost or wanted persons, evidence, as well as tracking down and apprehending fleeing criminals. Jake's motto is: “Jaws and Paws Enforcing Laws".
K9-3 Officer Sabatini & PSD Maverick
Officer Sabatini has been a member of the Hamilton Police Service since 2003 and joined the Canine Unit in 2009, where he was partnered with Police Service Dog “Maverick” who is a purebred German Shepherd. Maverick was born in the Netherlands on January 19th, 2008. PSD Maverick is cross-trained in human scent, narcotics, firearm and currency detection. Together they support and assist officers in locating persons and apprehending criminals. Maverick’s purpose is “to Serve and Detect” while his message is: “Say ‘no’ to drugs”.
K9-4 Officer Kikas & PSD Armour
Officer Vince Kikas has been with the Hamilton Police Service since 2007 and joined the Canine Unit in 2013. He is partnered with Police Service Dog "Armour" who is a purebred German Shepherd. Both of Armour's parents were born in Germany and he was born on July 4th 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. PSD Armour is cross trained in human scent as well as explosives detection. PC Kikas and PSD Armour together assist other members of the Hamilton Police Service with suspect apprehension, locating missing persons and any other call for service they are required for. Armour's number one priority is to keep the community he serves SAFE.
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