The Regina Police Service is changing its protocol when it comes to having the canine unit deployed.
Signs will now go up in neighbourhoods where Regina Police will be doing practice runs with the dogs and their handlers.
RPS spokesperson Elizabeth Popowich said there was a need for the change in procedure.
“We had a rather unusual year last year in that we had three separate incidents in which there were accidental dog bites involving members of the public; each of them a separate incident.”
Popowich said there’s an important reason as to why the canine dogs and handlers need to practice in the public.
“I think it’s also really important for people to understand that it’s critical for the dogs and the handlers to train in the same environment that they work in, so they need to train in an urban environment,” Popowich said. “To do otherwise is unrealistic and isn’t beneficial for either the dog or the handler.”
Before this last year, Popowich says she only remembers one accidental dog bite incident in her 21 years of service.