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GO Transit's canine unit ready to sniff out danger at Union Station

Last Updated Oct 24, 2019 at 8:14 am EDT

The newest members of GO Transit’s safety team are furry, have wet noses, and don’t wear pants.

Dash — the first of three GO canine officers — graduated from his training and began his first shift around 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the York Concourse Hall at Union Station.

“Dash, our first #K9 has passed his tests with flying colours and earned his badge and special treats,” Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said in a tweet.

The canine unit will be on-call 24 hours a day to investigate suspicious objects on GO Transit and UP Express.

Metrolinx used to rely on Toronto police’s canine unit to investigate suspicious packages, but launching its own three-member canine team means that GO can respond to potential threats a lot faster and reduce disruptions for transit riders.

Dash will be wearing a transit safety vest and a collar, both with “Do not pet” in bold yellow lettering on them — a reminder that he and his canine colleagues are on the job sniffing out potential trouble.