The Surrey RCMP Victim Services Unit has a new “furry” team member.
While she possesses many of the same attributes as her co-workers, she does have a few distinctly unique characteristics including four paws, a wagging tail, and a powerful sense of smell.
Cambria is a two-and-half-year-old female Labrador/Golden retriever cross. She started working in Surrey in October on C Watch with the Surrey RCMP’s Victims Services Unit.
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Cambria is an Accredited Facility Dog, a type of assistance dog bred and raised to be soothing for victims and witnesses of crime and trauma.
Her primary role is to support clients when they are providing statements, attend critical incident debriefs, perform check-ins with clients, serve as a testimonial aid in court, and support people while they are completing victim impact statements.
Cambria began her training in the “Calgary chapter of Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) before returning to the charity’s main campus in Burnaby in mid-September. From there she was matched with her handler and Victim Services caseworker at Surrey detachment” reads a statement.
“We are excited that Cambria has joined our team to assist our caseworkers in providing emotional support to victims in our community”, says Brian Aasebo, Surrey RCMP Intervention Programs Manager.
About The Surrey RCMP Victim Services Unit
Since 1983, Surrey RCMP Victim Services Unit has been supporting victims and witnesses of crime and traumatic events in Surrey.
This team of municipal support staff is available seven days a week to attend crime scenes. They assist in a wide range of files and make up one of the largest police agency victim services units in the province.