0522 - "We were never the best-looking team, never the most polished, but we tried hard, trained hard, and gave it all we had every time the phone rang, and we were rewarded with success, said Constable Clay Wurzinger, handler for Police
Services Dog Boomer, who recently retired after a stellar career.On April 11, 2018 Boomer, a pure bred German Shepard Police Services Dog, retired from active service. To say that Boomer and Cst Wurzinger have had some successes working together would be an
understatement. When the call came in, usually in the middle of the night, both were ready to go to work, regardless of the weather, situation or whatever they were faced with. There were many successes for this crime fighting duo.
Some success stories
2014: Boomer and Cst Wurzinger were called to a report of a violent assault of a young female and theft of her vehicle at Vancouver Island University. Together the two managed to track and arrest the suspect.
2015: An off
duty police officer interrupted a break into to a local business and in doing so the suspect pepper sprayed the officer in the face. Boomer and Cst Wurzinger tracked the armed suspect and later found him hiding nearby, and took him into custody
An elderly female had been missing in the Cowichan valley for days and the prospect of finding her was dim. On day five, the two located her after hours of searching, in 30+degree weather and very difficult terrain. Later, Boomer and Cst Wurzinger received
a commendation for their efforts in potentially saving the female's life
2017: Boomer and Cst Wurzinger were called to assist in locating a male responsible for a string of break and enters. The track for the suspect lasted hours and was conducted
over sparse terrain. Their perseverance paid off in locating the suspect male and having him arrested.
And not to be out done, on their last night Cst Wurzinger and Boomer captured a male wanted in connection with several break and enters. A short
time later the two successfully tracked and captured a suspect wanted in connection with a stabbing.
Police Service Dogs, under the ever-watchful eye of their handler are trained to be familiarized with all types of buildings, terrain, weather,
people, vehicles, etc. They are also trained in tracking and basic criminal apprehension.
Cst Wurzinger is now training with Jerry, his new partner. For the next 3 months they will be at the RCMP national training centre, in Innisfail Alberta.
After proudly serving the city of Nanaimo for many years, Boomer's days of training are over, and he can now look forward to a much deserved rest as Cst Wurzinger’s family pet.
To learn more about Police Dog Services, go to http://bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=1055&languageId=1&contentId=2921#ipds