Toronto Police Services Board Mourns Loss of Police Service dog, Bingo
The Board mourns the line-of-duty death of Police Service dog, Bingo, who was tragically killed last night responding to a call with his handler, Sgt. Brandon Smith.
Yesterday evening, Tuesday, July 25, 2023, Sgt. Smith and his K9 partner, Bingo, of Police Dog Services (PDS), were in the Kipling Avenue and Dixon Road area searching for an armed suspect. It is alleged that during a search of the area, the suspect shot and killed Bingo. In addition, it is alleged that the suspect was also shot by police. This is now a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigation, and as such, only limited details can be released at this time.
Bingo was a two-year-old German Shepherd who joined Police Dog Services (PDS) in July 2022, undergoing a comprehensive and intense 16-week training course with Sgt. Smith. The bond between a police dog and his handler is unique and extremely powerful. We offer our deep and sincere condolences to Sgt. Smith, along with Bingo’s entire family at PDS. Chair Ann Morgan stated that “we join Torontonians in grieving the tragic loss of Bingo, and we honour his incredible loyalty, his great dedication to duty, and his ultimate sacrifice in the name of public safety.”
The Toronto Police Services Board is the civilian body responsible for governing the Toronto Police Service. The Board is responsible for ensuring the provision of adequate and effective police services in the City of Toronto, setting priorities and objectives for the Toronto Police Service, approving the annual police budget and selecting the Chief of Police.