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Beloved Mackay Police Dog Tunza Dies

Our thoughts are with Sergeant Marcus Hahn after police squad dog Tunza died – an important part of Mackay’s police squad.

The Daily Mercury reported police dogs Tunza and Frankie had to take time off work for a few days after the police ute they were travelling in was involved in a crash at Eimeo in June last year.

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Vancouver Police Dog Hangs On for Dear Life To Partner

A photo of K-9 officer Niko clinging to his handler's leg while rappelling down the side of a building is barking up a storm on social media.
A photo of K-9 officer Niko clinging to his handler’s leg while rappelling down the side of a building is barking up a storm on social media.
Training to be a cop isn’t for the faint of heart, but for a Vancouver police dog, it proved to be particularly ruff.

The Vancouver Police Department posted a photo on social media showing police service dog Niko in a harness while clinging to his human partner’s leg while the pair rappel down the side of a building. The image, which was shared on Oct. 22, is making international headlines this week and barking up a storm on social media.

“Hey dad… This rappelling? Yuh, I’m not a fan,” the photo caption reads.

Const. Sandra Glendinning, spokeswoman for Vancouver police, said the image was snapped while the five-year-old German Shepherd was attempting his first rappel from a five-storey building— his highest elevation yet— with his handler.

“When they came over the ledge and they started going down, he was fine for the first little bit,” she told Metro. “Then Const. Dan Ames, who is the handler in the picture, said he could feel the dog wrapping his front legs around his leg about two thirds of the way up, and the dog just kind of hung on.”

After the photo was posted online, Glendinning she was not prepared to see it fetch such a strong response, setting a record as one of VPD’s most popular images on social media.

“It’s a great image that shows the bond between a handler and a dog,” she said. “In this photo, you’ve got police service dog Niko who is clearly depending on his partner 100 per cent, and there’s a level of trust there.”  

Although Niko appears frightened while he clings to his partner, Glendinning said the dog actually took to rappelling very quickly. By wrapping his legs around his handler, she said the dog was able to stabilize himself.

Read more at Metro News.

WA Police Dog Storm Sinks Teeth Into Attacker After Being Kicked, Punched In the Head

Police dog Storm bravely defended her handler as she was allegedly kicked and punched by a man in Perth’s northern suburbs — but she also sank the teeth into the offender. Storm did not sustain any visible injuries from the attack.

The attack took place after officers attempted to stop a white Volkswagen Golf that was travelling on Beaufort Street, Inglewood, about 12.50am on Friday.

Police followed the driver through Inglewood, Mount Lawley and Maylands losing sight of the vehicle on Coode Street.

Storm was deployed to search nearby residences after the vehicle was found abandoned on Central Avenue.

Read more in The Advertiser.

Source: www.adelaidenow.com.au

Stella the Staffie From Gloucestershire Police Finds £25,000 Cash

One of the smallest members of the Gloucestershire Police force has discovered arguably one of the biggest hauls of the year after sniffing out £25,000 in the Forest of Dean.

It was all in a day’s work for staffie police dog Stella after being recruited to take part in a raid with police officers and Gloucestershire Trading Standard officers at a home in .

She was clearly on top form today as it didn’t take her long to find the large bundle of cash in a bedroom of the house.

Read more in Gloucester Citizen.

Source: www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk

Queensland Police Share Special Bond With Their Dogs

A person and their dog share a unique bond and in the Queensland police squad that bond is stronger than most.

The Queensland police dog squad began in 1972 and has grown to include 68 general purpose dogs, 11 drug detection dogs and five explosive operations dogs, all trained to help police with work they cannot do alone.

There are dog squads in every major town from Cairns to Brisbane, where 17 dogs work around the clock.

It is all a bit of fun for the general purpose dogs, who Snr Const. Purvey says have absolutely no fear.

“As much as the bad guy is scared, they are just chasing him because it is a game (for the dog),” he said.

Those that don’t make the cut are given away for free.

You had better get on that wait list now though. It is already 200 dog-lovers strong.

Read more in The Age.

Source: www.theage.com.au

Yuko is eight weeks old and has just started his 14-week training course to get into the Queensland police dog squad. Photo: Amy Mitchell-Whittington

East Region Puppy Patrol: A Day In the Life of a Trainee Police Dog In the BCH Dog Unit

A nine week old German Shepherd puppy has joined the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police Dog Unit – and is taking is first steps towards becoming a police dog.

Part of this process includes finding out how the dog reacts to certain situations and potential obstacles, such as open staircases and reflective surfaces. There is also a large focus on getting the dog to socialise and encouraging the pup the play is also high on the agenda.

Read more on ITV.

Source: www.itv.com

The new arrival. Photo credit: BCH Police Dogs

Canada Introduces Five Years Jail Sentences For Killing Police Dogs And Service Animals

A new federal law that institutes a maximum jail sentence of five years for anyone convicted of intentionally killing a police dog or service animal is now in effect.

On Thursday, Tim Uppal, the federal minister of state for multiculturalism, met with Edmonton police officers to mark the enactment of Quanto’s Law.

The law was named for Edmonton police dog Quanto, who was fatally stabbed in the RCMP headquarters parking lot while he was helping to apprehend a fleeing suspect nearly two years ago.

Paul Joseph Vukmanich was sentenced to 26 months after pleading guilty to six charges, including one for killing the dog. At the time, the only charge that could be laid relating to the death of Quanto was animal cruelty, accounting for 18 months of the total sentence.

The sentencing prompted heated discussion Canada-wide about the need to send a strong message to those who would hurt a service animal.

In 2014, the federal Conservatives brought forward Bill C-35; the Justice for Animals in Service Act, and passed the legislation creating a specific charge for harming service animals, including police dogs, horses, and other service animals.

“This sends a strong message to anyone that was to injure or kill a service animal in the line of duty will be met with very serious consequences,” Tim Uppal said. “They’re there to protect us and we should be protecting them.”


Read more in the Huffington Post.

Source: www.huffingtonpost.ca

Meet the New Queensland Police Cadaver Dogs

Three dogs with unique skills will be sworn into the Queensland Police Service on Thursday, putting their intense training into practice.

Police Dogs (PDs) Bertie, Larry and Prue will be officially sworn in at the QPS Academy, Oxley campus, as Human Remains Detection Specialist (cadaver) dogs.

The four-legged comrades have undergone intense specialist training with their handlers and are stationed at the Brisbane Dog Squad where they perform duties throughout the state as Cadaver Detection Police Dog Teams.

The only other state to have cadaver dogs is New South Wales, which results in regular requests for the Queensland team to provide assistance to other police departments throughout Australia.

As of Thursday, the QPS will have 68 General Purpose dogs, five Explosive Ordinance Response Team dogs, 11 Drug Detection dogs, and four Human Remains Detection (cadaver) dogs.

Read more on Sky News.

Source: www.skynews.com.au

Dogs Prove They Are Still a Cops’ Best Tool In Age of Technology

In an age of technology, dogs are still the best tool police have to track a person on the run.

The dog squad plays an important role in operational policing on the Gold Coast and will be a key component during the Commonwealth Games.

Police are already factoring counter-terrorism safeguards in which the Coast’s eight dogs will play a role.

Up to 3000 officers will be deployed in a massive security blanket protecting VIPs, athletes and the public in April 2018.

Sergeant Gary Hamrey and his dog Biff gave the Bulletin an insight into the dog squad.

Read more in Gold Coast Bulletin.

Source: www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au