The Police Dogs of British Columbia – Hooch

Each month the BC RCMP will feature a police dog from around the province including the Lower Mainland District Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS) which includes partners from the Abbotsford, Delta, New Westminster, Port Moody and West Vancouver Police departments.

This month, the BC RCMP is featuring Hooch in its monthly Police Service Dog (PSD) profile series.

PSD Hooch is retiring after 6.5 years of exceptional service to Canadians. Hooch, the pooch was born and raised in Alberta where he spent the first half of his career. The second half was spent keeping residents of the Lower Mainland safe. Hooch attended hundreds of calls in his career, from finding missing persons, to taking part in high-risk tracks for suspects who shot at police.

Happy Pawtirement PSD Hooch and thank you for your drive and impressive work ethic. Hooch will be living the good life, with his handler as a pooch of leisure.

As you hang up your harness for the last time, we all hope you enjoy lots of belly rubs, good food and a lot of swimming.

Dog’s name: Hooch

Dog’s reg number retired: 1029

Posting: Lower Mainland District IPDS

Handler’s name: Cpl. Ternan

Dog’s age: 8 years old

Dog’s years of service: 6.5 years (retired this year)

Working profiles: Narcotics detection, Emergency Response Team and frontline duty.

Dog’s favourite toy/reward: Tug toy

Dog’s favourite off duty activity: Swimming and chasing coyotes.
Thing that would surprise you about the dog: Hooch is missing the tip of his right ear.

Memorable call: Hooch is legendary for tracking and catching 5 suspects who fled from a home invasion, with all 5 fleeing in different directions. After several hours, Hooch located all 5.


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