Calgary Police Service Canine Unit and YouthLink Calgary partner to honour Police Service Dogs with grand opening of the Calgary Police Canine Park.
Wednesday, September 15th, 2021
Calgary, AB: September 8, 2021 The Calgary Police Service Canine Unit and YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre invite members of the media to join us for the grand opening of the Calgary Police Canine Park on September 15, 2021 at 12 p.m.
The park, which was created outside of YouthLink Calgary, located at 5111 47 St. N.E., will be a place for all to explore, learn, connect and share their “tails”. The park honours three Calgary Police Service Dogs (PSDs) who have died in the line of duty, PSDs: Pharaoh, Sirk and Gino, as well as commemorates the devoted service of all CPS Canine Dogs who serve with courage and loyalty. In addition, the space will be used for future canine graduation ceremonies, retirements, and special events.
“The canine exhibit is one of the most popular at YouthLink and visits from the unit are always a standout with our school groups. The Calgary Police Canine Park provides an extension of the exhibit that will live outside of YouthLink for hundreds of years to come.,” says YouthLink Executive Director, A/S/Sgt. Carlee Bojarski. “It will be a place of commemoration and festivity that our visitors can interact with.”
“This is a fitting opportunity to celebrate the contributions of our Police Service Dogs,” says Sergeant Jim Gourley of the Calgary Police Service Canine Unit. “This space will serve as an important spot for YouthLink visitors to learn about the history of the canine unit and the great work that our canine members do to keep Calgarians safe.”
Part of the grand opening, will include the unveiling of a bronze dog statue, created in partnership with Studio West Bronze Art Foundry & Gallery, located in Cochrane, Alberta. The foundry is world-renowned for its bronze artwork and has created several monuments from around the world. Together with YouthLink Calgary, Canine Unit members worked closely with the creators over several months to collect measurements and fine tune the statue design.
The park was made possible by the generosity of the Zeidler family in loving memory of Margaret “Midge” Zeidler.
The CPS Canine Unit was established in 1960 and has since been an integral part of the Calgary Police Service. The Canine Unit currently consists of more than 20 dogs that specialize in general patrol duties, drug detection, explosives detection and cadaver detection.
YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is a non-profit, proudly funded by the Calgary Police Youth Foundation, where crime prevention, community safety and education are at the heart of everything we do. We provide unique programming in partnership with other community organizations who are committed to building a stronger and safer Calgary.
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For media inquiries:
YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre
Falon Wagner, Marketing Lead
Calgary Police Service Canine Unit