Media Invitation: Canine Retirement Ceremony

Our media partners are invited to attend a special ceremony recognizing the retirement and celebrating the many contributions of Police Service Dog Hal and Constable Sam McCullum and Police Service Dog Wolfe and Constable Tim Fish.

The Peterborough Police Service Canine Unit was originally formed in 1997. Since that time six police service dogs (including Wolfe and Hal) have served and retired.

PSD Wolfe and PSD Hal began their career with our Service in 2013. They are both German Shepherds imported from Kentucky and are direct brothers with one year separating them in age.

This breed of dog 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 Wolfe was purchased by the Knights of Columbus Ernest J. Wolff Council 798 and donated to the Service while PSD Hal was purchased by the Kinsmen Club of Peterborough and also donated to the service.

“Without the generous donation of these organizations the Canine program would not have been the tremendous success that it is,” says Sergeant Jeff Chartier, Coordinator of the Peterborough Police Service Canine Unit.

“We wish to sincerely thank both organizations for their support to the community and to our Canine Unit.”

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.

“We want to thank PC Fish and his partner PSD Wolfe and PC McCullum and his partner PSD Hal for their commitment and dedication to this Unit over the past many years and for the numerous contributions they have made to community safety. We wish Wolfe and Hal a happy, restful and well deserved retirement,” says Peterborough Police Chief Scott Gilbert.

Wolfe and Hal’s service will be forever recognized with their photographs proudly displayed on the Canine plaque located in the lobby of the police station.

The updated Canine retirement plaque will be presented and hung during the ceremony on

Tuesday May 14, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the lobby at police headquarters, 500 Water Street, Peterborough.


PC Tim Fish and Police Service Dog Wolfe.

PC Tim Fish and Police Service Dog Wolfe.


PC Sam McCullum and Police Service Dog Hal.

PC Sam McCullum and Police Service Dog Hal.