New K9 unit to join transit officers at Union Station in fall

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This coming fall, Metrolinx is bringing on three dogs to work behind the scenes and sniff out suspicious packages.

Previously Toronto Police Service’s detection canines would monitor the station, but now Metrolinx has made the decision to get its own team that would be on call 24/7 and able to investigate a situation within minutes.

While most of us are slacking at work or vacationing, these canines are hard at work and are currently on a 12-week training course, run by Toronto Police Service. The dogs are paired with a Metrolinx Transit Safety Officer and taught to pick out odours associated with dangerous materials. They are being taken around to get them acclimatized to the noises and crowds at Union Station.

“While we have a robust safety and security program in place, canine teams are proven at deterring danger and enhancing safety,” says Sgt. Cam Cooper, a transit safety training supervisor.
The dogs were picked because of their demeanour and genetic qualities and have gone through a stringent veterinary exam.

While they’re adorable to look at, Metrolinx discourages the public from trying to pet or play with them. But does encourage the public to come up and talk to the handlers and their dogs.

These dogs will help mitigate danger and sniff out trouble in the form of a dangerous package or something suspicious. Currently anything or most things left behind by customers are treated as a suspicious and dangerous item in an abundance of caution. Having these transit dogs sniff it out could easily alert security personnel to either escalate the issue or simply remove the package.
If a package is found to be problematic, that’s when police are called in added Grodzinski. -CINEWS

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