The DRPS would like to congratulate D/Cst. Elkington as our first female officer to join the DRPS K-9 Unit.
D/Cst. Elkington joined DRPS in 2010 as a Youth in Policing Student. For the next four years she remained in the program, running several initiatives as the program coordinator. In 2014, she was hired by York Regional Police Service, but returned to DRPS as an experienced officer in 2016.
She knew very early in her career that she wanted to become a K-9 handler. Over the past five years, D/Cst. Elkington took advantage of every opportunity to be around DRPS’ eight K-9 handlers, knowing that if she wanted a shot at the next opening, she would have to dedicate herself to becoming the best possible applicant. Recognizing D/Cst. Elkington’s passion and desire to learn, DRPS� K-9 handlers provided her with encouragement, mentorship and development opportunities.
For D/Cst. Elkington, pursuing her dream of becoming a K-9 Handler has been about discipline, hard work, and dedication. “It’s been about commitment to the small daily choices and never settling; always chasing that one per cent improvement,” explains Elkington.
Her countless hours of training and dedication paid off when her dream was realized at a recent graduation ceremony where her Police Service Dog (PSD) Kaos received his badge from Chief Rollauer. PSD Kaos is a one-year-old Belgian Malinois who was bred in New Jersey and imported to Canada by Grassroots K-9. PSD Kaos completed 60 days of intensive training and is trained in tracking, criminal apprehension, handler protection and evidence detection.
D/Cst. Elkington and PSD Kaos have already made an impact by successfully tracking a wanted party who was hiding from officers and locating a missing vulnerable person in distress.
Congratulations D/Cst. Elkington and welcome to DRPS PSD Kaos.