The Delta Police Department Canine Section was formed in 1983 and has been responsible for apprehending hundreds of criminals and locating crucial evidence and property.
From 2003-2014, the Delta Police Department Canine Section and the New Westminster Police Service Canine Section joined forces to form the Integrated Canine Service (ICS).
In August 2014, ICS joined the Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS) which comprises dog teams from:
- Abbotsford Police Department
- Delta Police Department
- New Westminster Police Department
- Port Moody Police Department
- RCMP Lower Mainland.
This integrated team provides 24-hour coverage from a pool of resources in the event of an incident requiring police dogs. Delta’s dog teams benefit from gaining exposure to a greater number and variety of deployment types and from expanded training opportunities.
IPDS supports patrol shifts, attending various calls for service and calls that involve tracking suspects, criminal apprehension, area/building searches, evidence searches and narcotic/firearm detection.
Teams from IPDS are available to support specialty units such as the Lower Mainland Integrated Tactical Team (LMITT) for crowd control management as well as any other unit that may require the assistance of a dog team.
Presently there are three Delta dog teams in IPDS. Each team comprises one officer and one dog. All the dogs are German Shepherds trained for patrol work. Some of the teams are cross-trained for drug detection.
Each dog team undergoes extensive training. During this period the dogs, along with their handlers, are taught tracking, property/evidence searches, area searches, building searches, handler protection, criminal apprehension, obedience and agility. Once validated and working with patrol, dog teams are continually training for the betterment of the dog teams’ abilities and further development of the dog/handler expertise.