RCMP Police Dog Services

The RCMP’s Police Dog Service provides expert assistance to General Duty police officers, as well as the Emergency Response Team, the Tactical Troop and local Search and Rescue/Avalanche personnel. Our dog and handler teams are highly trained and specialized experts in their field.

RCMP Police Dog Services support front line police officers with all types of operational policing. They:

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Police Dog Services (PDS) members will work in teams of handlers over extremely long distances in the rural and urban environments, or as a single team if required.

Police Dog and Handler Skills:

Lower Mainland (Integrated Police Dog Services – IPDS)

The Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) is made up of four watches, each consisting of 12 dog/handler teams, that provide the LMD with 24/7 coverage.

Our dog and handler teams patrol from Hope to Pemberton, covering all cities and municipalities (with the exception of Vancouver City and West Vancouver).

Police and dog handlers from Abbotsford, Port Moody, Delta and New Westminster have joined the integrated team. Members from each police force are trained through the RCMP Police Dog Service program.

The teams cover an immense area consisting of all types of terrain, locations and weather conditions.

IPDS is based out of a centrally located office in Surrey, BC. Teams are strategically placed throughout the Lower Mainland to ensure quick response. Between calls, they proactively patrol and target high crime spots within the communities they serve. 

Quick Facts – Police Dog Services in the Lower Mainland.

Police Dog Services in the remainder of BC

There are approximately 25 Police Dog Services teams covering the rest of BC. PDS provincial teams are on call to assist when and where required.

In Northern and Central BC, Vancouver Island and Southern BC our dog and handler teams are based out of centralized locations. All PDS Team members are full time dog handlers who cover vast areas within their designated coverage areas.


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