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Police dog from Delta completes last shift

Hugs and happy trails Garner!
RCMP dog retires
Const. Chris Cottrill on his last shift Wednesday night with Police Service Dog Garner.

A legendary member of the RCMP’s Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS), hung-up his harness for the last time after nearly six years on the job.

Wednesday night, Jan. 11, marked the last shift for PSD Garner and his handler Const. Chris Cottrill, a Delta Police officer, seconded to the integrated team.

According to an RCMP news release, following completion of training in Innisfail, Alta, Cottrill and Garner embarked on a memorable career protecting and serving the nearly two million residents who live in the Lower Mainland.

Known for his thunderous bark, (and handsome face) Garner’s drive and desire to work was unmatched. Out of the countless calls for service they attended together, their partnership resulted in 246 successful apprehensions.

Included in those captures was the tracking and locating of three homicide suspects in two separate events that were happening in real time.

Notably, Garner’s largest single bust was $2 million worth of narcotics being smuggled across the border into Canada.

Throughout this six-year partnership, the teams’ work lead to multiple charges and convictions in numerous major cases in communities all around the Lower Mainland including here in Delta.

In addition to serving the Lower Mainland, Garner and Cottrill also had the opportunity to work with the Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team (IERT). The pair attended several high-risk calls in the cities they worked and in special call-outs throughout the province.

Garner was beyond fearless in protecting his handler and anyone else in danger, and courageously saved his handler’s life on several occasions.

Whether he was whining out of excitement or spinning to get out of the truck to chase the bad guys, Garner’s energy and presence will be greatly missed by his colleagues on the IPDS team. His retirement will no doubt be filled with a lot of well-deserved rest and his favourite pastimes of two-ball (playing fetch with two balls—by the time he brings the ball to his handler’s feet, another ball is already airborne) and swimming.

Garner is looking forward to a happy and healthy retirement with his Cottrill’s family. He will begin training with a new dog in the near future.