POLICE – Farewell to Fargo as Kamloops police dog heads into retirement

The green tactical ‘Police’ vest came off of K9 member Fargo for the last time yesterday, as he was signed off from his last shift with the Kamloops RCMP.

Just a couple months after his eighth birthday, the Kamloops RCMP Service Dog was treated to a steak dinner on his last day as a Mountie, Sept. 7, 2021. As of today, Sept. 8, Fargo begins enjoying a healthy and happy retirement.

“He’s been a true buddy and companion,” said Cpl. Steven Prior, Fargo’s handler and long-time partner.

“The amount of time we spent together in a Suburban during horrible storms and late nights is unbelievable to most.  But even though many drives were long and tough, it was nice when the sun came up and it was just me and him cruising the highway.”

Fargo has been with the RCMP since he was born at its Police Dog Service Training Centre in Innisfail, Alberta. Cpl. Prior and Fargo have spent the last five years working together in Kamloops. Before coming to B.C., the team worked together in Newfoundland.

While Fargo’s main duties consisted of responding to calls in Kamloops, he was also a member of the RCMP’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) for Southeast British Columbia. Throughout his career, he was very successful in catching a great number of suspects in a variety of cases. He has helped find missing people, locate crucial evidence, and put criminals behind bars.

“He is definitely a dog that had your back,” said Cpl. Prior.  “Whenever I would be at an ERT call, he would always face the direction behind me to keep me safe.  I tried to change this, but no way would he change.”

Fargo has never been a fan of floors that are shiny and slippery, added Cpl. Prior. Whenever he goes in a home and has to cross slippery floors, he turns around and walks backwards to cross them, except when he is tasked with a job, at which point he does so with ease.

On Sept. 17, 2021, Fargo will be adopted by new owners. Those wishing to help support Fargo in his new journey are invited to donate to Ned’s Wish, a charity dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life for retired police dogs by providing financial support for their medical well-being. Visit the site at

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1 Comment on POLICE – Farewell to Fargo as Kamloops police dog heads into retirement

  1. Enjoy your retirement beautiful pooch! German shepherds amaze me with their intellect

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