Support dogs: a new tool from the Laval police to loosen tongues

Tracking dogs and sniffer dogs have been helping police officers in the field for a long time, but it is support dogs that are gaining popularity among Quebec police forces.

The Laval police thus followed the initiative of the police officers of Sherbrooke, Terrebonne and the Sûreté du Québec in this matter, and adopted Kino, a 3-year-old Labrador, who now accompanies Detective Sergeant Roberto Glavina in his missions. .

Support dogs have the role of accompanying the victims, in order to facilitate their testimony, which requires them to have a very sociable temperament.

“It takes a dog with a temperament that is calm and affectionate, and Kino is exactly that, he is very calm and affectionate,” Mr. Glavina said on air on LCN in the program “Dossiers en cours”.

The usefulness of support dogs is no longer to be proven, and their accompaniment is a great help in loosening the tongues of the victims and facilitating the work of the investigators.

“A few weeks ago, we had to do an interview with a young girl victim of sexual assault. Then when we picked her up to take her to the interview room, she left her mother and her parents to come with the interviewer, and unfortunately at that time the young girl did not come because that she started crying and didn’t want to follow us,” explained the police officer. “So we had to put an end to the meeting at that time, while with the support of the Sûreté du Québec and their support dog, we did an interview a few days later, lasting about 45 minutes”, he continued.

Watch the full interview with Detective Sergeant Roberto Glavina in the video above.

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