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Peel police introduce 'Riggs' - the newest, 4-legged crime fighter

Last Updated Nov 24, 2020 at 3:38 pm EST

One of Peel region’s newest police officers has four legs and is quite hairy.

‘Riggs’ is named after the Mel Gibson character in the movie Lethal Weapon and Peel police Const. Danielle Sterns is his human partner.

“Because of COVID-19, we weren’t able to go to the [United] States where we usually get our dogs from so, our master trainer, was able acquire a dog from a retired Peel officer through a breeder in Quebec,” Sterns said.

On Oct. 29, Peel police chief Nishan Duraiappah presented Riggs with his police badge, officially recognizing him as a member of the force.

“Over the next four months our Canine Trainers, Constable Mike Anderson and Constable Kerry Gillard, worked tirelessly with this new team to ensure they were ready to serve and protect the citizens of Peel Region,” Peel police said.

Riggs and Const. Sterns are part of a 13-member team and not only do they help track down suspected criminals who have fled a scene, they also help find missing people.

“From applicant interviews and obstacle course time trials, to the sourcing and selection of potential dogs, everything was slow and cautious to ensure the safety of everyone involved,” the police force said.

“However, like most things in life, hard work, patience and dedication eventually pay off.”

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