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RCMP Organizes Fentanyl Dog Training Workshop

The RCMP K9 Fentanyl Detection Workshop started on Wednesdayat the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre in Innisfail, Alberta. The PDSTC received numerous requests for information from law enforcement agencies across North America following the announcement, last February, of its development of an efficient and safe method to train RCMP police dogs to detect fentanyl. In response, the PDSTC organized this workshop to share its findings. 35 participants from Canadian, American and Mexican law

enforcement agencies are meeting for the two-day workshop. They will learn RCMP methods and safe practices for the mixing of a fentanyl liquid form, for the training of their dogs with a dangerous scent and

for the teaching of a new expected dog behaviour in the presence of fentanyl in the field. Dogs in attendance should be able to detect fentanyl by the end of the workshop.

Organizations present are: Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Canada Border

Services Agency; Alberta Correctional Services; Lethbridge Police Service; Winnipeg Police Service; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Mexico; Broward County Sheriff’s Office; Policia Federal de Mexico (Mexico Federal Police); and Sonora State Police. There are 139 RCMP narcotics-profile dogs posted across Canada. Their

fentanyl detection training is on track and will be completed by mid July.

Photo Courtesy of the RCMP.

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