This action shot was captured at the Police Dog competition at the World Police and Firefighter Games held in Vancouver. In this event, the dog is sent to disarm and apprehend a man with a gun. Shots are fired by the “bad guy” and by the officer. The dog must respond to the “attack” command amid the gunfire. Once the suspect drops his weapon, and stops resisting, the dog must cease his attack. Points are scored for the charge during the gunfire, speed of the apprehension, and ceasing the attack quickly after the officer’s command. The dog in this image belongs to the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), Surrey, British Columbia canine squad. The competition took place in a baseball stadium, which was one of many venues for the 10,000 police and firefighters competing at the games. The Surrey Leader, a community newspaper, reported, “The dog keeps your secrets,” said Andre Larouche, who’s part of the RCMP’s Lower Mainland Police Dog Service with his german shepherd, Repo. “The dog is always in a good mood, you don’t have to worry that he had a bad night the night before your shift. He always wants to go to work. While the bond with any one dog may only last a few years before the animal is retired, most canine cops develop a lifelong love for their four-legged partnerships.” Repo was imported by the RCMP as a pup from the Czech Republic, and spent many months training before he was accepted into service as a police dog.
Image captured at New Westminster (part of metro Vancouver) on August 6, 2009, using a Nikon D300 with a Nikkor f2.8 80-200 mm lens, hand held, ISO 320, -0.33 EV, f6.3, 1/800 s.