Meet Mr. June.
He’s described as a fantastic partner that works incredibly hard, is loyal, courageous, a lot of fun to work with and has a good sense of humour.
Mr. June is Nico, a five and a-half-year-old German shepherd. He’s a member of the Vancouver Police Department’s Canine Unit and is featured in their 2016 Vancouver Police Dogs Calendar, which is now on sale.
Proceeds from the calendar, which features police dogs working in the field performing different tasks like explosive detection, tracking and working with emergency response, will benefit the BC Cancer Foundation and BC Children’s Foundation.
WATCH: Cst. Dan Ames discusses the VPD’s new canine calendar, which features his four-legged partner Niko, a.k.a. “Mr. June.”
Nico’s handler, VPD Const. Dan Ames, says the bond between the dog and officer teams runs deep.
“We invest thousands of hours training these dogs,” Ames told Global News.
“It’s based on loyalty, trust and we ask so much of these dogs in the course of a shift and career, and they do it without hesitation. They’re part of our families when we’re not working.”
The calendars have been put together since 2007 but done on an annual basis since 2010. Anyone can buy a calendar at Tisol shops, any Vancouver Community Police Centres, online or via their Facebook page.
The Vancouver Police Canine Unit has 15 handler/dog teams and this will be the sixth year for the Vancouver Police Dogs Calendar. The teams are trained in criminal apprehension, as well as narcotics, firearms and explosives detection.
WATCH: Check out Nico and his partner Const. Dan Ames in action