OPP and Queen’s University Partnership Helps Find Missing Persons

OPP and Queen’s University Partnership Helps Find Missing Persons


The OPP Canine Unit Human Remains Detection (HRD) program is one of the oldest police HRD programs in Canada. Over the years, the work of our HRD dogs and their handlers have helped bring families answers by finding many long-term missing persons that may have not been otherwise found. HRD dogs have also assisted in locating numerous homicide victims, which has aided in the successful prosecution of the person(s) responsible.

We couldn’t do it without our partners, including a very significant relationship shared with the Anatomy Program in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University. “The Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and our Anatomical Sciences Program at Queen’s are extremely proud to be collaborating with the OPP Canine Unit – Human Remains Detection (HRD) Program on a new process that could help grieving families achieve closure. We would sincerely like to thank our donors for their exceptional support of these important educational and humanitarian endeavours” says Dr. Michael Adams, head of the department.

In June 2017, the OPP signed a formal agreement with Queen’s University to partner in a ground-breaking research project in the training of Human Remains Detection dogs. This partnership has allowed the OPP to get access to HRD training material through one of the first “Live Donor Amputated Tissue” programs of its kind in Canada. Training material from Kingston General Hospital of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre is donated by consenting individuals who have, for medical reasons, lost a portion of a limb

“The OPP’s partnership with Queen’s University and the Live Donor Amputated Tissue program has been a great success, enabling the successful training of several new HRD dogs for the OPP,” says Cliff Samson, K9 Trainer, OPP SAR/HRD Programs. “We are grateful to Queen’s and the donors for their ongoing support. The important research being completed as part of this project will contribute to the ongoing successful training of our HRD dogs and their ability to find missing persons in the future.”

Last month, the Ontario Provincial Police K9 Unit made a presentation to acknowledge several partners that have contributed to the success of our Human Remains Detection program.

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Photo left to right: Shari Forbes, Research Professor University du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres; Logan Bale, Lab & Education Coordinator Queens University; Shawn Campbell, Sergeant OPP K9 Unit; Dr. Zelt, Surgeon Kingston General Hospital; Clifford Samson, K9 Trainer K9 unit; Dr. Andy Reed, OPP Physician; Dr. Les MacKenzie, Associate Professor of Anatomy Queens University; Darshil Patel, Doctoral Candidate Student of Forensic Science UQTR.

July 8, 2019 / by / in