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Glock, Regimental #1025

PSD Glock could have been named Flash as he is lightning fast, as long as all four of his paws are on Terra Firma.  Over his seven year career, Glock has never jumped a fence, leaving his handler to lift the 95 lb dog over each and every one.  That’s a partnership!  And a nice way of getting a hug in the middle of a pursuit.

Glock is a large German Shepherd who was born at the RCMP Police Dog Training Centre on August 20th, 2014. He was raised in the imprinting program in Athabasca, AB and Cranbrook, B and was finally with his first handler a few months prior to the duo commencing the New Handler Training Course in Innisfail in 2016. Glock was dual trained in general duty work and human remains detection. Once training was completed in Innisfail the new K9 team was assigned to the High Prairie / High Level regions from Peace River, until they relocated to High Level to be closer to the action in the summer of 2017. Glock and his handler covered the north for three years until relocating to the Edmonton West area in 2020.

In 2020, Glock was deployed to track a suspect who had fled on foot after rolling a vehicle he had stolen earlier. The K9 tracked the suspect who had been on a multi-day crime spree, breaking into numerous rural properties in the Edmonton West region. The track covered over 10 kilometers when it was lost at a residence. There, it was determined that the suspect was provided a ride home. Members relocated to the suspect’s house where the suspect was then observed by the K9 team running from the residence. A full-out foot chase ensued and ultimately Glock was deployed to apprehend the suspect. The offender struck Glock several times with a patio table, also using the table as a shield to prevent Glock from latching on. The suspect was able toget into the back of a truck and avoided Glock’s bitey end. Following a brief break, the suspect decided to perform a classic hood slide (must have been an action film fan!) and attempted to continue his flight. Glock was faster (surprise, surprise) and took the suspect down in a running apprehension. The suspect was charged with 16 offences stemming from 12 investigative files over three days, and received jail time.

Separately, once on a sunny and hot, dry summer day Glock and his handler tracked a suspect west of  Edmonton who was wanted on an outstanding warrant, and who had fled from a pursuit. With the intense heat Glock was struggling to continue the pursuit. Several times Glock was given bottles of water to ensure he was well hydrated. The suspect continued to flee in spite of the K9 team being almost right on his heels. The track ended up being over 7 kilometers long. Once Glock and his handler caught up to the suspect he was challenged. But the suspect would not comply so Glock was deployed to apprehend him. The suspect caught Glock and choked him.  In the meantime, Glock’s human partner and team surrounded the perpetrator and took him into custody.  Glock was unharmed.  These are only a couple of examples of this K9 team at work.

Being dual-trained in human remains detection, Glock also made several challenging finds of deceased persons, who otherwise would not have been found.  Thanks to Glock, families were provided much needed closure. These type of files, while they don’t often get a lot of attention or publicity compared to foot chases or apprehensions, give peace of mind to families and friends of people who may have been missing for a long time.

As noted above, Glock prefers all four paws where God intended them – on the ground. When tracking a suspect, Glock would indicate the location where a suspect had climbed a fence.  Normally when a fence is too high for a police dog to jump, the handler jumps over it first and then gives the dog a command: “paws up’.  In response to the command the dog places its front paws up onto the obstacle and the handler reaches over the fence and boosts the dog over.  Not with Glock. Once the handler would reach for Glock to help him over the fence, Glock would back up, lay down, and roll onto his back – every single time! The handler would have to lift this 95 lb deadweight lump of a dog that wanted nothing to do with being off the ground in order to continue tracking. And of course, as soon as he was over the fence, Glock would start pulling as hard as he could in order to continue tracking without waiting for the handler to climb over after him.

Over seven years of operational tracking Glock never once jumped a fence – much to the detriment of his handler’s back! But Glock did love to crawl through culverts, the smaller and more gross the better.

PSD Glock retired in April 2023, after working hard for 7 years. Glock spent the last few years of his operational career relaxing in the back yard rather than in his kennel. On a few occasions, the neighbours would have to bring Glock home after he wandered out of a gate left open by the handler’s forgetful young daughters. Retirement has been a graceful transition for Glock. Since his retirement Glock has taken up a one-dog mission to rid the world of bees. Perhaps Ned’s Wish should stock up on epi-pens!