Friday, January 24, 2014
Agassiz's K9 Piper to retire after 8 years of dedication
Submitted by JP Lorieau/Correctional Service of
Canada/Photos submitted, credits below
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,
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”.
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.
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.
Top: Officer Doug Stewart and Piper
Middle: Officer Stewart
receiving an award from Warden Bill Thompson
Bottom: Piper shows his colours — a Saskatewan Rough
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