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Agassiz's K9 Piper to retire after 8 years of dedication

Submitted by JP Lorieau/Correctional Service of Canada/Photos submitted, credits below

 

orrectional Service of Canada detector dog Piper is retiring after a long and dedicated career searching for drugs and contraband.

 

Born Sept. 2, 2003, Piper began her career as a detector dog on April 10, 2006 at Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.


Correctional Officer Doug Stewart began working with Piper on Jan. 6, 2007 at Riverbend Institution in what would become a seven-year working relationship. When Officer Stewart transferred to Mountain Institution, a medium-security institution in Agassiz, B.C., Piper made the move as well – under the condition she could continue cheering for her favourite football team, the Saskatchewan “Rrruff-riders”.


During Piper’s eight-year career she has missed only two days of work.


Piper has had a productive career and has contributed to public safety through her work in preventing drugs and contraband from entering institutions. In 2008, she competed and won a Bronze medal in the Canadian and American Police and Fire Games.


Piper and her handler were deployed to Kent Institution on Sept. 22, 2013.


Her work and the work of detector dogs across the country help CSC in ensuring a safe and secure environment for its institutions and the public.

 

Piper has been involved in many drug seizures; the most notable are a marijuana seizure with an institutional value of $12,200 and a Methamphetamine seizure with an institutional value of $11,200. She also assisted in a large tobacco seizure with an institutional value of $25,200.


At a recognition ceremony at Kent Institution on Jan. 9, 2014, staff celebrated her career and wished her well on her retirement which is set for Jan. 11, 2014 when she will become a member of the Stewart family.

 

Photo credits

Top: Officer Doug Stewart and Piper

Middle: Officer Stewart receiving an award from Warden Bill Thompson

Bottom: Piper shows his colours — a Saskatewan Rough Riders flag

 

 

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