Barrie police dog named after OPP officer who died by suicid

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Barrie police dog named after OPP officer who died by suicid

Postby Thomas » Thu Sep 30, 2021 6:59 pm

Barrie police dog named after OPP officer who died by suicide

A Barrie police dog has been named after an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) sergeant who died by suicide after a struggle with mental illness in 2018.

The 18-month-old Belgian Malinois dog, called Routs, is named after former OPP Sgt. Sylvain “Roots” Routhier. He’s meant to honour the mental health challenges that Routhier and other police workers face.

Routs’ handler, Barrie police Const. Paul Chubb, met Routhier through training courses in 2015.

According to the Barrie Police Service, Routhier had always wanted to serve as a K9 officer, but he was allergic to dogs.

“We are excited to welcome K9 Routs to the Barrie Police Service,” Barrie police chief Kimberley Greenwood said in a statement Wednesday.

“We are grateful to be able to honour Sgt. Routhier and the many others in the policing profession, sworn and civilian, as well as the members of our community, who struggle with mental health every day.”

OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique thanked the Barrie Police Service for recognizing Routhier, saying improving the culture of mental health in policing is a “priority” for the force.

“We will continue to engage in these vital conversations with our policing partners, while ensuring our members and their families get the support they need,” he said.

Routs and Const. Chubb will respond to a variety of police calls, including warrants, robberies, stolen vehicles, weapons and missing persons. ... p-officer/
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