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RED DEER – The use of canine companions is not new to the RCMP, but the ability to use them to detect fentanyl is.

In a demonstration Tuesday at the Police Dog Service Training Centre at Innisfail, members of both the RCMP and the Clandestine Lab Enforcement And Response Team (CLEAR) shred a progress update in the fight against the opioid crisis.

Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, said the RCMP has been a steadfast partner in the work to keep Alberta communities safe.

“Training police dogs to detect fentanyl is an example of how the RCMP is continuing to focus and address urgent issues facing law enforcement organizations and the communities they serve and protect,” said Ganley.

She added that this initiative will continue to save lives, as it potentially already has after the seizure of 12,000 fentanyl tablets in B.C. earlier this year.

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