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Manitoba RCMP #tbt photo offers look at police dog history

A photo from the personal collection of late RCMP officer E.B. (Ted) Bailey shows dogs RCMP believe were used at their Headingley detachment in the 1940s.

Photo taken in 1940s part of personal collection of Headingley RCMP officer

This #throwbackthursday photo posted by Manitoba RCMP is estimated to have been taken sometime in the 1940s.

The image of two dogs on a car is from the personal collection of E.B. (Ted) Bailey, a former RCMP officer who was posted to Headingley. RCMP believe Bailey, who passed away in 1991, was an early dog handler for the force.

The first official RCMP dog section was established in 1935, although officers had been using privately owned dogs for investigations since 1908. The first case RCMP won with evidence involving a dog search was in 1940.

Manitoba RCMP currently have five dog teams, in Thompson, The Pas, Dauphin, East St. Paul and Portage La Prairie.

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