POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 25 PANS in the community The youngest member of the Truro Police Service has skills no other on the force has, and his list of talents recently grew. Four-year-old police service dog (PSD) Onyx, with help from his partner Const. Scott Milbury, is now able to sniff out a variety of drugs. The partners recently completed an eight-week drug detection course. “He was amazing during the training,” said Milbury. “He has so much focus and discipline. His work ethic is second to none and the effort he put into the course is unreal.” They took the course with trainers from the HRM K-9 division, with Onyx sitting and focusing on an area when he found drugs. Time playing with a toy was used to reward him for his work. Until now, other agencies were called in when Truro needed a dog to assist with drug cases. Onyx is also valuable when it comes to public relations. People love to see him and see posts about him online. Onyx came to Canada from Europe and was working with another officer until August 2016. “We spent the first week together just getting to know each other and building a bond,” said Milbury. “We got along right away. “He’s friendly, and he’s focused when he needs to be. He likes to have fun, and work is fun for him too. ” Onyx had already been trained in obedience, human scent, control and aggression, and article searches but he and his new partner trained together for about three months. The dog lives with his partner and his family, and their pet German shepherd, and they’re all very attached to Onyx now. Milbury hopes to work with Onyx until he retires and then keep him as a pet. Originally published on May 4, 2017by Lynn Curwin, Truro Daily News Members of Truro Police K-9 unit complete drug detection training Truro Police Cst. Scott Milbury and police service dog (PSD) Onyx took an eight-week drug detection course. Onyx is now capable of searching for all of the main illegal drugs found in the area. Several children will have special memories, thanks to the Truro Police Service. The service hosted a Holiday Heroes event on Dec. 22, 2017 to provide some young people with a day filled with activities they wouldn’t otherwise experience, but most people take for granted. “I wanted to do something with kids and Christmas for a while and when I brought this idea up it just took off,” said Const. Scott Milbury. “The support from the community has been great.” Truro Police Service partnered with organizations such as the Christmas Index, Boys and Girls Club and Department of Community Services to select children who would benefit from the event. About 50 children were invited to take part in the activities, which included breakfast, crafts, cookie and tree decorating, skating, touch-a-truck, a film and a visit from Santa. “People keep coming up with ideas and it snowballs,” said Leeann MacDonald, a caseworker with community services, who volunteered with the event. “We see kids in situations where they don’t have positive relationships with police. We want to show kids that police are there for all kinds of reasons. It’s also a stressful time of year for anyone, and this was a chance to give something magical to some kids.” Const. Edwin Reynolds said the best part of the day for him was seeing the smiles on children’s faces. The police service hopes Holiday Heroes will be an annual event, growing to allow more children to take part in the future. “It’s a chance to give these kids one day in the holiday season that they won’t forget,” added Milbury. “If there was a way we could help every person who needs help we would do it.” Originally published on Nov 22, 2017by Lynn Curwin, Truro Daily News Truro police spreading holiday cheer for children Some of those involved in the event were K-9 Unit Const. Scott Milbury and Onyx, Leeann MacDonald, a caseworker with community services, and Const. Edwin Reynolds.