Two new canines are now officially part of the Peel Regional Police Canine Team, Police Service Dogs (PSD) Kylo and Stark.
The Canine Unit welcomed a new recruit, PSD Kylo, in November 2018. Following foundational training, Kylo was assigned to his partner, Constable Mario Pittarelli who is a 21 year veteran of Peel Regional Police. He has previously worked in uniform patrol at 11 and 22 Division, Homicide, Special Victims Unit, and he’s a former member of the Tactical Unit.
PSD Stark was partnered with Constable Jason Senechal and began his training in February 2019. Constable Jason Senechal has been a member of our police service for 11 years with previous experience in the Neighbourhood Policing Unit and as a uniform patrol officer at 22 Division.
Both Police Service Dogs are 2-year-old Belgian Shepherds from Holland. The two canine teams have completed 16 weeks of intense training in the disciplines of tracking, evidence recovery, building searches, and suspect apprehension and are now certified for general patrol. Next year, Kylo and Stark will begin training to be certified in a detection specialty.
Deputy Chief Marc Andrews presented the two newest canine teams with their badges. They will now join 11 other canine teams that provide a vital service to our community and play an integral role in our commitment to public safety.