Police dog Chrisa makes first arrest in Coquitlam
Police service dog Chrisa made her first arrest this week while helping the Coquitlam RCMP track down a man who allegedly committed an armed robbery at an ATM machine.
A 37-year-old man fled from the scene after robbing another male, but thanks to Chrisa police were able to track the suspect, who was hiding in a nearby backyard.
Neither the dog or the male sustained any injuries during the pursuit.
"I was impressed with the tenacity and accuracy of Chrisa's work," said Const. Jamie Dopson, a police dog hander with the Lower Mainland District Police Dog Service. "She knew exactly what to do and how to hander the situation just like we practice in training."
Dopson and two-year-old Chrisa are the newest dog-handler team in the RCMP's dog service and Chrisa is the only female The duo have been together since Nov. 2011 and Dopson's previous seven years of service was at the Coquitlam detachment.