11/02/2015 04:11 EST | Updated 11/02/2015 04:59 EST

Edmonton Police Service Dogs Honoured In Memorial

Since 1988, five service dogs have been killed in the line of duty.

A statue was unveiled Friday as a permanent memorial to Edmonton's fallen police service dogs (PSDs).

Since 1988, five Edmonton police dogs have died while on duty.

Maverick, an Edmonton PSD that won theCanadian Police Canine Association competition this year, was the model for the statue. It shows a dog standing proudly above the names of the canines killed in the line of duty.

The monument will be located at Vallevand Kennels, which is currently home to 12 canine unit teams.

"I like that it's at the kennels because every time a member comes in they're gonna see that ... and they're gonna recognize that what they're doing is serious and it's necessary and that sometimes it doesn't go the way you plan," said Const. Matt Williamson in a YouTube video.

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