Calgary Police Service – After selling out in less than 48 hours last year, the second annual Calgary Police Service Canine Unit charity calendar is hitting the shelves today in support of the Calgary Police Foundation.
The 2015 calendar is bigger and better than last year’s, with even more photos and details about the Service’s four-legged members. The 13-month calendar, which features most of the unit’s 21 dogs, is larger in size and also features a special nine-picture centerfold insert than can be removed.
Due to high demand, 8,000 of the $10 calendars have been printed. They are available for purchase online at www.calgarypolice.ca or www.calgarypolicefoundation.ca, or at several local businesses while supplies last.
Last year, the calendar raised more than $30,000 for the Foundation’s funded program YouthLink Calgary. YouthLink Calgary educates youth about crime and its consequences, the role of police in society, and demonstrates how fulfilling tomorrows are built on sound lifestyle choices today.
The first batch of the 2014 calendar sold out in two days, while a second run was scooped up within weeks.
CPS dogs attend more than 8,000 police-related calls every year. Since 1960, the dogs have played an integral role in apprehending individuals who have committed serious criminal offenses, and used to locate evidence of a crime such as weapons or clothing, or for locating drugs, explosives and cadavers. Their greatest reward, however, is coming to work and helping to keep Calgary safe.
This year alone, police service dogs have responded to roughly 4,300 calls, with the dogs being deployed in more than half of those situations. Since January, at least 175 arrests can be attributed directly to the unit.
The Calgary Police Foundation (CPF) was chosen as the beneficiary of the calendar as its programs have a direct impact on children, youth and families.
The CPF was established in 2012 to partner exclusively with the CPS and fund community initiatives to reduce youth victimization and criminal activity by focusing on education, prevention and early intervention.
Additional calendar sale locations include:
- City of Calgary Animal Services Centre, 2201 Portland Street S.E.
- Animal Clinic, 1016 9 Ave. S.W.
- C.A.R.E. Centre Animal Hospital, 7140 12 St. S.E.
- Especially 4 Pets, 436 16 Ave. N.E.
- Calgary Police Credit Union, 5111 47 St. N.E.
- The Canine Fitness Centre, 509 42 Ave. S.E.
- Blue Grass Nursery, Sod and Garden Centre, 260130B Writing Creek Cres., Rocky View County (Balzac)