Andrew Harnett: BC Transit Dog Named After Calgary Officer

A Vancouver Transit Police service dog has a special connection to the Calgary Police Department.

That’s because Harnett, a two-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer, was named after Sgt. Andrew Harnett, the Calgary police officer killed in the line of duty on New Years Eve 2020.

That night, Harnett was struck by a vehicle fleeing a traffic stop and later succumbed to his injuries.

Vancouver Transit Police posted videos on Twitter and YouTube featuring Harnett and his human partner, Constable Lisa McKay, at work.

“His favorite thing in the world is the ball,” McKay said. “She loves coming to work and working for the ball.

“She loves getting on the train, walking around the stations, seeing people and then at the end of the day she loves going out and chasing birds.”

sergeant. Andrew Harnett is shown in a photo from the Calgary Police Department. (CPS Document)

Harnett is a rookie service dog who just graduated on Thursday. He is the 10th police dog in departmental history, according to a video posted to Twitter by Vancouver Transit Police.

“We would like to thank the Metro Vancouver Transit Police for honoring Sergeant Andrew Harnett by naming a police dog in his memory,” Calgary police and Harnett’s family said in a statement.

“We will never forget the ultimate sacrifice Andrew made and it gives us comfort to know that he will be remembered in Vancouver as well,”

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