Thanks in large part to a $200,000 donation from Darlene Poole, the VPD now boasts a state-of-the-art kennel and training facility for its Dog Squad. Poole made the donation in honour of her late husband, Jack, a dog-lover and former VPF trustee.
The old facility was cramped and in dire need of repair. As a result of Poole’s donation, the new facility offers: 20 kennels with heated floors and inside/outside access; showers and locker rooms for staff; a dog grooming area; specially-ventilated storage to quickly dry equipment; a classroom with computer workstations for training; a kitchen; and a weight-training area. There is also an outside training area equipped with bleachers and a PA system for dog demonstrations.
This new facility will make it easier for police dogs and their handlers to train and work in a safe and clean environment.
At the official opening, Chief Chu said, “in the history of the Department, this is the best facility the Dog Squad has ever had. I’m sure you would all agree that for all they do and have done, they deserve the best.”