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London Police K9 Calendar Marks Canine Unit 50th Anniversary

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London Police are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Force Canine Unit by launching a calendar featuring their team of crime fighting dogs.

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The 12-month calendar features the eight active-duty police dogs and their handlers, as well as historical photographs of the unit over the past five decades.

“We’ve never done it before. It’s all new, ”Sgt. Lee Currah, who heads the canine unit, said of the schedule.

Proceeds from the calendars will go to the Woodeden Easter Seals Camp, a camp that offers a range of programs for children with disabilities on a 40 hectare property in west London.

London police dog Vino is one of eight active duty dogs featured in a new calendar marking the 50th anniversary of the canine unit and raising funds for the Woodeden Easter Seals camp. (Photo provided by London Police)

Created in 1972, the canine unit responds to ongoing crimes such as burglaries, robberies and vehicle thefts. Some dogs have also been trained to detect explosives and perform other specialized tasks.

“You would be surprised how busy they are, especially during the evening hours,” Currah said of the team of dogs who each live with their owners.

Calendars sell for $ 10 each and are available at Police Headquarters, 601 Dundas St., and a pop-up shop on Saturday at Remark Fresh Markets at 1190 Oxford St. Additional pop-up shops will take place in December, with details advertised on social networks.