THUNDER BAY — Ontario Provincial Police have assigned a new K-9 team for service out of Thunder Bay.
Const. Amy Sloan and her canine companion Edo have completed the OPP's general service dog training program at headquarters in Orillia, and are now working out of the detachment on Arthur Street.
Besides the 18-week course, OPP dogs and their handlers participate in a five-week drug detection course and a follow-up two-week advanced canine course.
Sloan has served with the OPP since 2013, and joined the service's Emergency Response Team in 2017.
Edo is almost two years old and is a Belgian Malinois obtained from Poland.
The breed is sometimes mistaken for German Shepherds, as they have some similar characteristics.
The OPP has two other K-9 teams in Northwestern Ontario, based in Fort Frances and Kenora.