On March 17, 2014, Regina Police Service canine members joined fellow members of the Canadian Police Canine Association from Saskatoon, Estevan and Moose Jaw Police Services and RCMP, at Regina’s Wascana Rehabilitation Centre to make a special presentation. The group presented a cheque to cover the $5,300.00 cost of a recumbent stepper machine, to be used by hospital residents.
The drive for this equipment came out of the personal battle of a founding member of the CPCA, Mr. Brian Amm. Mr. Amm was a police officer and dog handler and trainer with the Calgary Police Service for 28 years. In more recent years, Mr. Amm played an integral role in police dog training in this province, working with police services in Regina, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw and Estevan as well as the RCMP.
Mr. Amm became a long-term resident of the Wascana Rehab Centre after a battle with cancer. Part of his recovery involved the use of a recumbent stepper and he expressed his concern that hospital residents had access to only one machine. In late 2013, the membership of the CPCA voted to direct funds toward the purchase of a recumbent stepper to be placed in the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre for the benefit of Mr. Amm and other hospital residents. Unfortunately, Brian Amm passed away in December, 2013, just before the machine was delivered from the manufacturer to the hospital.
Today, members of the CPCA, in loving memory of one of its finest members, delivered the final payment for the recumbent stepper to the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre and Hospitals of Regina foundation. CPCA members hope that many residents make use of the equipment to aid their recovery and general well-being.
Mr. Brian Amm was a police officer for 28 years and was involved with the training of police service dogs for over 30 years. As a handler and trainer for the Calgary Police Canine Unit his experience involved training and working general duty dogs, bomb dogs and drug dogs. This led to his development of provincial certification standards for police canine handlers in Saskatchewan, which were adopted by the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police in 2004. Mr. Amm was with the Canadian Police Canine Association from its inception in 1979, serving in the capacity of president and general member.
The Canadian Police Canine Association is a non-profit, non-political affiliation of peace officers employed in the handling and training of service dogs in Canada.