After serving the community for the past five years, K9 Wolfe (partner Constable Tim Fish) and K9 Hal (partner Constable Sam McCullum) are retiring from our K9 Unit at the end of this year, Peterborough Police Service says in a Facebook post.
“In just a few more days they will retire from active duty and begin enjoying retirement living inside their partner's home,” police say.
Police thank Constable McCullum and K9 Hal along with Constable Fish and K9 Wolfe for their dedication and hard work in serving Peterborough, Lakefield and Cavan Monaghan.
Canadian winters are no obstacle for Peterborough K9 Wolfe. Over the weekend, Wolfe was instrumental in several arrests made by Peterborough Police. First Wolfe helped the K9 unit catch two guys who were hiding in a snowbank following a stolen vehicle, break and enter incident at the Peterborough Medical Clinic. Later, he did a vehicle search where he located a large amount of drugs.
Constable Tim Fish with Wolfe (Peterborough Police supplied photo)
This speaks to the importance of the police K9 unit—which was first formed in 1997—in helping nab the bad guys. These police service dogs are extremely hardworking, intelligent animals who help the police in all sorts of situations and put themselves out there in order to protect their human partners. In 2015, the Canine Unit participated in a total of 1,385 calls for service, of which 107 were specific canine calls.
Wolfe, who helps on many calls, is a German Shepherd—a breed chosen for their physical ability, strength and intelligence. A strong temperament is very important as these dogs are expected to perform in stressful situations. Wolfe was imported from Kentucky, and was purchased by the Knights of Columbus and donated to the service. His expertise includes narcotic detection, tracking, agility, article search, building search, open search, chase and apprehension and handler protection.