For the Lakeside Leader
High Prairie RCMP will welcome the return of a dog handler to the Integrated Drug Unit. Staff Sgt. Warren Wright says Cost. Andrew Druhan, lately of Fort McMurray, will start by early February.
This is earlier than expected, since Druhan was waiting to sell his house in Fort McMurray in what Wright described as a sluggish market. But the house has sold, and Druhan is on his way.
Wright says the dog-handling services will be available throughout northern Alberta.
“He could work anywhere. He could get called to Athabasca or Peace River, for example.”
The dog handler position was terminated in High Prairie several years ago. Both the County of Big Lakes and Town of High Prairie councils lobbied the provincial government for two years to revive the service.
High Prairie RCMP Sgt. George Cameron says the dog handler was effective in the work of the enhanced policing unit. He says High Prairie is ideally located for the service, as central to many other communities in northern Alberta.
Slave Lake RCMP Staff Sgt. John Spaans is pleased with the news.
“It’s good for the region,” he says.