Next year's calendar features the dog squad at famous locations around Vancouver.
If you love looking at dog photos and want to plaster them all over your walls, look no further than the 2022 Vancouver Police Department’s police dog calendar.
Yes - it’s official, next year’s police dog calendar is out, and the photos are amazing.
The calendar features all 16 dogs in the VPD Canine Unit at various landmarks throughout Vancouver - including on top of Grouse Mountain, on a rollercoaster at the PNE and posed in front of the Gastown Steam Clock.
Each calendar costs $15 with proceeds being equally split between the BC Cancer Foundation and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The calendar was originally created in 2010 in honour of VPD officer Candy Anfield by her husband Mike, a retired VPD Sergeant, after she lost her battle with breast cancer in 2004.
Since 2010, the calendar has raised over $450,000 for charity, with this year’s goal to surpass the $500,000 mark.
Constable Courtney Srigley of the VPD Canine Unit said that a limited edition of 5,000 copies were printed and sell out every year. She added that if just 3,500 copies are sold, the unit will reach their goal for charity.
Speaking as part of a press conference to announce the release of the calendar, Cst. Srigley said: “We always feature a story at the beginning of the calendar that has to do with a member of our VPD family that has had to use the resources of BC Children's Hospital.
“In the 2022 calendar, we feature Phoenix, and Phoenix is a daughter of a Vancouver Police officer. Unfortunately, Phoenix was diagnosed with Crohn's disease really, really early on and she's had to go back and forth at the BC Children's Hospital quite a bit and because of their amazing resources... [they] have helped her now continue to live a very happy, healthy active lifestyle and actually avoid a very life altering surgery.”
Cst. Srigley added that at the end of the calendar, the unit reflects on the retired members of the team who have passed away in the last year. The 2022 calendar marks the service of PSD Knight, PSD Bosco, PSD Tusk and PSD Wyatt, who all passed away in retirement in the last year.
PSD Knight passed away in March at the ripe old age of 17 - VPD’s oldest retired police dog - after serving the public for nine years from 2005 to 2014.
PSD Bosco passed away peacefully in February after serving VPD for 13 years and was dubbed the “pocket rocket”, weighing a nimble 60lbs, for his excellent tracking skills.
PSD Tusk “epitomized a true police K9” and went “unquestionably” into danger according to a VPD tribute. He also passed away in February this year after retiring in July 2020 after serving 7 years for VPD.
PSD Wyatt retired early from service after 4 years with VPD due to a spinal injury and passed away in April 2020.
The Vancouver Police Canine Unit has 16 dog handler teams that work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This calendar has a limited print, so make sure you buy your copy ready for the new year from any of these spots:
Online through the Vancouver Police Foundation
VPD Public Information Counters at 3585 Graveley Street or 2120 Cambie Street