In a unique pilot project that was launched on Monday, March 6, 2023, the Barrie Police Service and South Simcoe Police Service Canine Units have joined to form a shared response team that will serve their respective communities for the remainder of 2023.

This collaborative undertaking will provide a coverage plan that is beneficial for both Service areas and will see four canine officers, along with their canine partners, patrolling 7-days a week and ready to respond to calls for service as they arise. Mandatory training requirements have also been incorporated into a schedule that will see an enhanced canine availability to front line and investigative services for both police services.

When canine resources are required, whether it be for a missing person search or any form of detection, the need for efficiency and a timely response can never be compromised.

Senior Police leaders from both Services recognize that time is often a determining factor when a canine unit is engaged and operationally, this is a pilot project that will be beneficial to their respective communities, will provide significant measurables and once complete, will be thoroughly evaluated.


Pictured from left to right:

South Simcoe Police Service Constable Shawn Gwilliam – PSD Nitro

Barrie Police Service Constable Matt Abofs – PSD Serge

Barrie Police Service Constable John Lamont – PSD Thunder

Barrie Police Service Constable Paul Chubb – PSD Routs

Prepared by: Corporate Communications 


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