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Canine cop Enzo now on duty in Cowichan
Collaring dope traffickers is just one of Enzo's skills.
The black-and-tan German shepherd is the newest face at the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment where he and handler, Const. Garfield Henderson, are on duty performing tracking, searching, and criminal apprehension.
"In March, after an intensive dog/handler validation process, Enzo and Const. Henderson became a fully operational police service-dog team," an email from the station's Cpl. Jon Stuart reads.
"RCMP Police Service Dogs specialize in searching for either drugs or explosives, and Enzo is a drug searcher," he says of the purebred canine cop born in Innisfail, Alta.
"Most dogs go into training around the age of two, and the service life of a Police Service Dog is about seven years.
"Enzo was labelled as a high flier, and was the strongest dog in his litter."
The Enzo-Henderson team has been in service in the Cowichan area for about two months, and has been put to use many times, Stuart notes.
"They have had several operational successes ranging from robberies, searching for drugs, and locating suicidal/missing persons."