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West Vancouver police dog Ranger retires after 7 years of sniffing out bad guys

'He now deserves a new life of chasing chew toys instead of bad guys.'
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West Vancouver Police service dog Ranger with his partner Cpl. Mark McLean. The German Shepherd has retired after seven years.

Ranger, a very, very good boy, has just retired after a long stint as a police service dog for West Vancouver Police Department.

The eight-year-old German Shepherd, born on May 20, 2012, in Germany, spent his days sniffing out crooks with his partner Cpl. Mark McLean. Ranger and Cpl. McLean have served the West Vancouver community for seven years and have assisted with several criminal apprehensions. 

The duo worked their final shift together on Dec. 27, 2020.

“Ranger has been an invaluable member of this department for the last seven years, and he will be missed,” said Const. Kevin Goodmurphy in a release.

“He now deserves a new life of chasing chew toys instead of bad guys.”

Members of the canine section are trained in a variety of disciplines such as tracking, criminal apprehension, and evidence recovery. WVPD dogs live with their handlers as part of their family. They continue working as long as they are able, or until their handler is transferred or promoted to another section.