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APA and Burke K-9 Academy graduate first police K-9 duo

October 21, 2013

Cutline: (L-R) Donald Burke, president of Burke Police Dog Academy; Eric Fiander, deputy director of the Atlantic Police Academy; constable Mike Horgan and Nitro; and Deputy Chief Bruce Connell of the Saint John Police at constable Horgan and Nitro’s recent graduation from the Atlantic Police Academy and Burke Police Dog Academy program.

Cutline: (L-R) Donald Burke, president of Burke Police Dog Academy; Eric Fiander, deputy director of the Atlantic Police Academy; constable Mike Horgan and Nitro; and Deputy Chief Bruce Connell of the Saint John Police at constable Horgan and Nitro’s recent graduation from the Atlantic Police Academy and Burke Police Dog Academy program.

Charlottetown, PE The Atlantic Police Academy and the Burke Police Dog Academy, located in Coverdale, New Brunswick, celebrated the graduation of their first K-9 dog handler recently from the only accredited program of its kind in the country.

Constable Mike Horgan of the Saint John Police Department completed the 14-weeks of rigorous training with Nitro, a German Shepherd. Donald Burke, president of Burke Police Dog Academy, said the agreement with Holland College’s Atlantic Police Academy has the potential to benefit many municipal police services across the country.

“The association between Holland College and the Burke Police Academy has brought to the Maritimes a great opportunity for all municipal K-9 units across Canada to excel in the most sophisticated methods of police dog training to national standards,” he said.

Chief Edgar MacLeod, Executive Director of the Atlantic Police Academy said the academy is pleased to be able to offer the training, and has absolute confidence in the training staff at the Burke Police Dog Academy.

“Clients such as the Saint John Police Department come to us with high expectations about the quality of training that we provide their staff. The K-9 training program fits in well with our other programs, and we anticipate seeing many more police officers graduating from it in the future,” he said.

APA partnership with the Burke Police Work Dog Academy brings together three key elements: a state-of-the-art K‐9 training facility, K‐9 training expertise with an impeccable reputation, and a police training institution that prides itself in delivering public safety training based on the highest standards.

Find out more about the K-9 handlers’ course here or call (902) 888-6716.

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