Police Service Dog ‘Dirks’ helped locate a firearm when a suspect was being less than honest last week.
Responding to reports of a man carrying a rifle at a rental property located near 92nd Ave and 9th St., Dawson Creek RCMP attended the residence and spoke with the male tenant who was unable to clarify if the gun was either a toy or real. Eventually the male claimed that he had given the gun to a friend and stated that “he wasn’t an idiot” and would not leave a gun laying around for ‘criminals’ to find.
A search of the property by Dirks led to rifle being found laying in the back alley behind the residence. The weapon was identified as a useable and intact M-14, determined to be a prohibited weapon. Cst. Jaime Ekkel with the Dawson Creek RCMP said Dirks is key member of the DC squad.
“His ability to locate hidden objects such as these are beneficial not only to officer safety but to the public’s safety as well.”
The police investigation is still ongoing.