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Other Name
PROTECTION STICK
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FIBREGLASS, LEATHER, TAPE
Catalogue Number
P20080008001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PROTECTION STICK
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Materials
FIBREGLASS, LEATHER, TAPE
No. Pieces
1
Length
76.5
Diameter
1.5
Description
PROTECTION STICK. WARPED, FIBREGLASS ROD THTA IS CREAM COLORED AND SOILED THROUGHOUT. BOTTOM OF ROD IS WRAPPED IN BROWN SUEDE THAT HAS BEEN ELD ONTO THE STICK WITH ADHESIVE TAPE.
Subjects
UNCLASSIFIABLE OBJECTS
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE IN 2010, WHO WORKED WITH POLICE SERVICE DOG ZORKO, THE PROTECTION STICK WAS USED DURING AGRESSION TRAINING. THEY WOULD USE THE STICK IN CONJUNCTION WITH A BITE SLEEVE. KAYE SAID, "YOU WOULDN'T HIT THE DOG WITH THIS. WHAT YOU WOULD DO IS HOLD IT, YOU WOULD THREATEN WITH IT... IT MAKES YOU LOOK MORE AGGRESSIVE, BIGGER. ONCE THE DOG WAS ACTUALLY ON THE SLEEVE, WHAT YOU WOULD DO WAS TAKE THIS AND RUB IT DOWN THE DOG'S BACK TO GET HIM USED TO BEING TOUCHED SO THAT WHEN HE WAS ACTUALLY SENT ON SOMEONE AND BITING SOMEONE IF THEY WERE FIGHTING WITH HIM HE WAS USED TO HAVING SOMEONE TOUCH HIM OR HANDLE HIM. THEY WOULD NEVER HIT WITH THAT, THEY WOULD STROKE, RUB ON THE LEGS, AND RUB ON THEIR BACK. BASICALLY, IT MAKES US LOOK BIG. SOMETIMES YOU TAKE IT AND HIT YOUR ARM WHERE THE SLEEVE IS JUST TO MAKE NOISE, JUST AS A THREATENING THING TOWARDS THEM." INSPECTOR KAYE JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE (LRPS) IN AUGUST OF 1979. HE ORIGINALLY STARTED ON GENERAL DUTY BUT DECIDED TO WORK HIS WAY TOWARD JOINING THE CANINE UNIT. IN SEPTEMBER OF 1981 HE ATTENDED THE CASCADE COUNTY CANINE ACADEMY IN CASCADE COUNTY, MONTANA. THERE HE RECIEVED TRAINING WITH HIS DOG. FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF HIS TRAINING HE JOINED THE LRPS CANINE UNIT AND SERVED UNTIL JUNE OF 1988. THE FIRST DOG IN THE POLICE FORCE WAS NAMED YORK AND HE JOINED THE FORCE IN 1963. HIS DUTIES WERE SIMILAR TO THOSE OF THE MODERN DAY POLICE DOGS BUT DID NOT INCLUDE TASKS LIKE HARD SURFACE TRACKING OR DRUG AND BOMB SEARCHES. OVER THE YEARS THE POLICE SERVICE IN GENERAL HAS DEVELOPED A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF POLICE DOGS SO THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HONE THEIR TRAINING IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THEIR DOGS. THE MODERN CANINE UNIT BEGAN IN 1979 WITH HANDLER DAVE HASTIE. FOLLOWING THAT JOHN RAFA JOINED IN 1980 AND BILL KAYE IN 1981. KAYE SAID, "WE WERE EACH ASSIGNED TO A SHIFT AND TWO YEARS LATER THEY ADDED A FOURTH DOG SO WE ALWAYS HAD 24 HOUR TEAM COVERAGE SO THEY ALWAYS HAD A CANINE WORKING. YOU WERE ASSIGNED TO A TEAM BUT YOU HAD A DUAL PURPOSE; YOU WERE A REGULAR POLICEMAN AND THEN YOU HAD THE ADDED DUTIES OF A CANINE UNIT." TODAY THE UNIT USES BOTH GERMAN SHEPHERDS AND MALINOIS. GERMAN SHEPHERDS ARE A POPULAR BREED BECAUSE THEY "HAVE A HIGH DRIVE TO FIND PREY, THEY ARE VERY LOYAL, AND THEIR SEARCHING AND TRACKING ABILITIES ARE EXCEPTIONAL." KAYE OBTAINED HIS DOG ZORKO, A GERMAN SHEPHERD, FROM RAVEN-ICE KENNELS OPERATED BY WARREN AND OLESA MUNDELL IN INNISFAIL, AB (NEAR RED DEER). THE FIRST FOUR POLICE DOGS (IN THE MODERN UNIT) ALL CAME FROM THE SAME BREEDERS "AS THEIR BREEDING STOCK WAS ACQUIRED DIRECTLY FROM WORKING BLOOD LINES IN GERMANY." IT WAS UP TO EACH OFFICER TO FIND AND PURCHASE HIS OWN DOG BUT THE TRAINING, VET AND FOOD COSTS WERE COVERED BY THE LRPS. NOW ALL EXPENSES ARE PAID FOR BY THE LRPS. KAYE'S DOG'S REGISTERED NAME WAS ZORRO OF MUNDELL BUT HE WAS NICKNAMED ZORKO - KAYE DID NOT NAME THE DOG. ZORKO WORKED AS A POLICE DOG FOR SEVEN YEARS (ABOUT THE AVERAGE WORKING LIFE FOR A POLICE DOG). KAYE SAID SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF WORKING WITH ZORKO WERE "EVERY TIME YOUR DOG WAS SUCCESSFUL IN CATCHING SOMEONE OR FINDING SOMEONE. I MEAN IT WAS SOMETHING THAT YOU NORMALLY WOULD NOT HAVE CAUGHT THE PERSON SO IT WAS LIKE A BONUS THING, YOU WERE HAPPY FOR YOUR DOG, YOUR DOG WAS HAPPY, YOU WERE HAPPY." AFTER ZORKO RETIRED, KAYE DID NOT GET ANOTHER DOG. HE SAID, "GENERALLY ONE DOG IS THE RULE BUT IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THE DOG AND IT RETIRED EARLY YOU MIGHT GET CONSIDERATION FOR ANOTHER DOG. GENERALLY IT IS ONE [DOG] SO IT ALLOWS OTHER PEOPLE OPPORTUNITIES AND IT ALLOWS YOU TO GET BACK TO DOING SOME OTHER DUTIES. I THEN RE-ENTERED THE UNIT IN THE 1990S AS THE TRAINER WHEN CASCADE COUNTY QUIT TRAINING OUR DOGS DOWN IN MONTANA. THEY CLOSED THEIR SCHOOL THERE SO WE STARTED TRAINING IN-HOUSE AND I TRAINED THE FIRST TWO CLASSES HERE." ONE OF THE ADVANTAGES TO TRAINING DOGS LOCALLY WAS THAT OFFICERS DIDN'T HAVE TO LEAVE HOME FOR FOURTEEN WEEKS TO GO AND TRAIN THEIR DOGS. INSTEAD THEY WORKED OUT OF THE BUILDING AND GOT TO GO HOME AT NIGHT. IN ADDITION, THE LRPS SCHOOL HAD THE ADVANTAGE OF TRAINING DOGS IN AN URBAN SETTING WHEREAS THE MONTANA SCHOOL WAS MORE RURAL. DESPITE ATTENDING CLASSES, TRAINING DIDN'T STOP WITH THE PROGRAM, OFFICERS WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THEIR DOGS AFTERWARD. THEY TRAINED DOWNTOWN OR IN PARKS, OFTEN WORKING IN AREAS WHERE THERE WERE LOTS OF PEOPLE SO THE DOG COULD GET USED TO HAVING PEOPLE AROUND WHILE IT WAS WORKING. WHEN ZORKO WAS OFF DUTY HE LIVED WITH KAYE. HE SAID, "IT WAS A GOOD TIME... I WAS WITH MY PET 24/7, HOLIDAYS. I MEAN YOU WENT ON HOLIDAYS AND THE DOG WENT WITH YOU. THAT'S JUST WHAT YOU DID SO IT BECOMES PART OF YOUR LIFE EVERYDAY." ZORKO "WAS A GREAT DOG AROUND THE HOUSE. HE WAS NOT AGRESSIVE AND FIT IN AS A HOUSE PET... HE WAS VERY GOOD WITH THE FAMILY, WHEN MY KIDS WERE LITTLE THEY WOULD PLAY WITH HIM AND CRAWL ON HIM." WHEN ZORKO RETIRED IN 1988 HE CONTINUED TO LIVE WITH INSPECTOR KAYE. KAYE SAID, "WHEN HE RETIRED THE FIRST 6 MONTHS OR SO HE SEEMED DISAPPOINTED NOT TO BE COMING TO WORK WITH ME." ZORKO LIVED TO BE 13 YEARS OLD. FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008001
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
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