Honouring the fallen Nitro, photo courtesy Lyle Stafford
This story is amalgamated from research and newspaper articles following the death of K9 officer Nitro.
Thank you to Howard Chow of the Vancouver Police Department.
The Vancouver Police Dog Squad is well known internationally and is considered one of the finest dog squads to be found anywhere. It uses German Shepherds exclusively. Its training methods, refined through its 40 year history, are similar to the classic Schutzhund style training, but the Vancouver Dog Squad’s productivity in criminal apprehension work and urban tracking skills exceeds the character of Schutzhund training practices which are not practical for the unpredictable nature of urban apprehension work.