Western Australia Minister for Police Michelle Roberts
New Canine Teams To Hit The Mid-West And Goldfields
Victor P Taffa
- First ever dual-purpose dogs for Geraldton and Kalgoorlie
- Fresh commitment to our regions
Frontline Police operations in the Mid-West and Goldfields are about to be boosted with the deployment of two dual purpose Police dogs and their handlers.
“Our Police dogs provide crucial support in Police operations around the State.” Minister for Police Michelle Roberts said.
“These dogs have been uniquely trained for a variety of tasks and their use in the field is also very valuable in ensuring the safety of our officers.”
Dogs are dual purpose trained to assist in all areas of Police work from drug detection, to tracking and apprehending offenders.
Both dogs are Malinois, a breed of Belgian Shepherd, and have undergone nearly 18 months of intensive training in tracking, searching, apprehension of violent offenders, obedience, narcotic and cash detection.
Police dogs have previously been stationed at both Kalgoorlie and Geraldton in the past, however this is the first time they have had dual purpose dogs.
So far this year in regional Western Australia, Police dogs have assisted in the arrest of dozens of offenders, sniffed out around $170,000 in meth, 4.8 kg of cannabis and more than $50,000 in cash.
- PD Maverick and his handler Senior Constable Kandic are due to arrive in Geraldton for duty from next week.
- PD Whiskey and his handler First Class Constable McDonald will deploy to Kalgoorlie before the end of the year.