This Mississauga, Brampton cop made drug bust and helped nab five thieves on same shift


Published November 18, 2022 at 10:33 am

Kylo, a five-year-old Peel police service dog, turned in a "great shift" this week. (Photo: Peel Regional Police)

Sometimes it’s the cops who walk the beat on four legs that do the best job fighting crime.

That was the case in Mississauga and Brampton this past Monday night (Nov. 14) when a Peel Regional Police service dog helped his human partners find a stash of drugs and then a little later aided in the arrest of five break-in suspects.

All in a night’s work for five-year-old Kylo, or Officer Kylo, a three-year veteran of the force and one of 14 dogs used by Peel police to carry out any number of policing duties.

The four-legged members of Peel’s K9 Unit are trained to track criminals, locate missing people who may be in trouble, detect explosives, search for evidence, conduct building searches and sniff out drugs among various other tasks.

Peel police K9 Unit officers–the human variety–took to social media this week to applaud Kylo’s efforts on Monday night.

Kylo, a Belgian Shepherd brought to the Peel police force from Holland in late 2018, was “really flexing his nose muscles” that night, his bosses tweeted.

“He started his shift off by sniffing out drugs during a residential search warrant. Then responded to a break-in at a local business, where he and 22 Division patrol officers took five suspects into custody,” the K9 Unit posted. “Great shift!”

Numerous people responded to the post, applauding the dog’s efforts.

“Kylo, you’re upstaging your partner. Tell him he owes you a box of dog treats for that day’s work,” commented one person.

Another person wrote, “What a marvelous creature and doing such great work! Stay safe both you and your handler.”

One other person commented, “Excellent job, Kylo. Thank you for your outstanding service.”

After 16 weeks of intense training, Kylo and Stark, also a Belgian Shepherd brought to Peel at the same time as Kylo, graduated to become full-time police service dogs in 2019 (see graduation video below).

K9 Unit officers say they’re always looking for places to train their service dogs. Peel police need empty or unused buildings, office complexes, large houses and commercial/manufacturing premises.

They say it’s important that their police dogs receive training in realistic venues to prepare them for duty.

Several weeks ago,one of the force’s longest-serving and most highly decorated police dogs died.

Argo, a Belgian Shepherd who helped his partner make 366 arrests in Mississauga and Brampton since 2013, died on Oct. 26 of natural causes.

He was 11 years old.

Together, Argo and his partner responded to more than 2,600 calls across Peel in their years together and they earned multiple commendations.

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