- The Peterborough Police Service Canine (K9) Unit was formed in 1997. Four police service dogs (PSD) have since served and been retired.
- Currently, Constable Tim Fish with PSD Wolfe and Constable Sam McCullum with PSD Hal can be seen patrolling the streets of Peterborough Lakefield and in the Township of Cavan Monaghan.
- Both Wolfe and Hal are German Shepherds imported from Kentucky. It is interesting to note that Wolf and Hal are direct brothers with one year separating them in age. This breed is chosen for their physical ability, strength and intelligence. A strong temperament is very important as these dogs are expected to perform in stressful situations.
- PSD Wolf was purchased by the Knights of Columbus and donated to the service.
- PSD Hal was purchased by the Kinsmen Club of Peterborough and also donated to the service. These organizations have helped to make the Canine program a success in Peterborough.
- Police Service Dogs have many responsibilities. Their expertise includes narcotic detection, tracking, agility, article search, building search, open search, chase and apprehension, and handler protection.
- All handlers must complete an extensive thirteen-week course where the handler and dog learn as a team. Our PSD teams are trained and continue maintenance training under direction of the Niagara Regional Police Canine Unit.
- The K9 teams attend numerous public functions and school presentations.
In 2015 the Canine Unit participated in a total of 1,385 calls for service, of which 107 were specific canine calls. In addition, the team performed 13 presentations, Scene of Crime Officer duties and assisted the Emergency Response Team with drug warrants and dynamic entries. Both Canine Teams maintained the health and welfare of their canine partners while balancing their requirements of being on call 24/7/365.
In 2015 the Canine Unit received a generous offer from local citizen Fred Comrie to use his property located outside the City as a Canine training facility. The Comrie family took it upon themselves to construct a canine obstacle course solely for the use of the Peterborough Police Service Canine Teams. The obstacle course includes cement pads which vehicles are placed upon, catwalks, high fences and any other possible obstacle that the Canine Unit may encounter in a live situation. It is this type of community partnership that is the core of community policing and has contributed greatly to the success of the Canine Unit and the community it serves.