After months of training, Trax and his handler Const. Sean James are ready to join other members of the St. Thomas Police Service on city streets.

The new K9 Unit began training in September and completed the intensive course last week, so they'll be out on patrol starting this Thursday.

The team will be working a combination of day and night shifts which overlap the platoon's schedule. Officials say Trax has been identified as a fantastic 'tracker' during both building searches and open searches.

Before his first night shift Trax will receive his badge from St. Thomas police Chief Darryl Pinnell at London police headquarters.

The St. Thomas Police Service is thanking London police for their help with training as well as leadership and support. Local businesses that allowed training in their buildings are also being thanked.

Although everyone is excited to see Trax in action, police are asking residents to follow some safety precautions:

  1. Always ask for permission first before petting Trax, never approach from behind him.
  2. No treats please! Trax is on a very special diet.
  3. If you see James and Trax in a place near you, please listen to commands, if he says “stand still,” that’s exactly what you should do. You will need to stay back if Trax is hard at work.
  4. No toys please. Trax is on a strict training program that does not include chew toys.

Even though Trax has completed his course, training will continue until his retirement.