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Western Australia Minister for Corrective Services Francis Logan

Celebrating 25 years Of Top Dogs

Victor P Taffa

  • Western Australia’s drug detection unit celebrates 25 years today
  • Drug detection dogs also honoured with national Canine Service Medal


6 past and present dogs from the Western Australian Corrective Services Drug Detection Unit have been honoured with the prestigious national Canine Service Medal today as part of the unit’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

“Through randomly targeted and intelligence-led searches of prison facilities and those who visit them, the Western Australia Corrective Services Drug Detection Unit is making significant inroads in the ongoing battle against drugs and contraband entering prisons.” Minister for Corrective Services Francis Logan said.

“Congratulations as well to Gail Raven who as a founding member of the unit in 1994 has paved the way for all who have followed.”

Australian Defence Force Trackers and War Dogs’ Association honour recognises the dogs’ exemplary service to Western Australia prisons.

Drug Detection Unit’s dogs are invaluable in the ongoing battle against illegal drugs and contraband in Western Australia jails and under the State Government’s new drug policy have also been searching visitors in jail carparks.

In September, a new drug dog Ziggy and his handler on their first day on the job found methamphetamine and weapons in the car of a visitor to the Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison.

Drug dogs also helped uncover more drugs and contraband during the recent whole-of-prison operation at Bunbury Regional Prison last month.

Of the 6 dogs recognised today, 4 (Echo, Kai, Spud and Xanthos) were present at this morning’s ceremony at Hakea Prison. 2 retired dogs have been re-homed and could not attend.

Canine Service Medal is provided by the Australian Defence Force-supported Trackers and War Dogs’ Association, a not-for profit organisation which, a few years ago, decided to include all serving dogs in its considerations for medals. Eligibility involves a minimum of 5 years’ service.

Today’s ceremony included welcoming 2 new specially trained Passive Alert Detection Dogs (PADD) into the unit, Labradors Angel and Quinlan, while Xanthos was retired from service.

Also attending today’s event was retired Drug Detection Unit Coordinator Gail Raven one of the two founding members of the unit.

Important Stats:

  • About 295 drug search activities are conducted using drug dogs per month (around 3,500 searches per year)
  • In 2018-19, there were 85 seizures of drugs which were kept out of Western Australia prisons due to drug search activities conducted by the Drug Detection Unit

If anyone has information about drugs entering prisons, they should contact Crime Stoppers Western Australia on 1800 333 000.

WA Minister for Emergency Services Fran Logan








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