Drug de­tec­tion dogs de­ployed across the state

Isis Town and Country - - News -

DRUG of­fend­ers were put on no­tice af­ter Cen­tral Re­gion As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Alis­tair Daw­son today of­fi­cially launched the es­tab­lish­ment of drug de­tec­tion dog ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the Cen­tral Re­gion.

In Au­gust this year the Drug De­tec­tion Dog Team, com­pris­ing of a han­dler and two drug de­tec­tion dogs, com­menced op­er­a­tional du­ties within the Cen­tral Re­gion.

Han­dler Senior Con­sta­ble Cameron O’Sul­li­van and Po­lice Dogs ‘Rue’ and ‘Vi­o­let’ are strate­gi­cally lo­cated in Rock­hamp­ton for de­ploy­ment any­where across the Cen­tral Re­gion, or to sup­port the state where re­quired.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Daw­son said it was a sig­nif­i­cant day for the Cen­tral Re­gion.

“Which pre­vi­ously re­lied on spe­cial­ist mem­bers trav­el­ling from Bris­bane to as­sist with drug de­tec­tions.

“This is a newly es­tab­lished po­si­tion for the Rock­hamp­ton Dog Squad which pro­vides a ca­pa­bil­ity that has not pre­vi­ously been avail­able at a lo­cal level,” As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Daw­son said.

“The po­lice dogs are pas­sive drug de­tec­tion dogs and are trained in de­tect­ing a range of dan­ger­ous drugs.

They can search ve­hi­cles, houses, busi­ness premises and can even be used at large pub­lic events such as mu­sic fes­ti­vals or en­ter­tain­ment precincts.

“Since Au­gust, Po­lice Dogs Rue and Vi­o­let have been de­ployed across a range of searches, with the lo­ca­tion of an ac­cu­mu­lated to­tal of 78 MDMA tablets, 74 grams of am­phet­a­mine and 286 grams of cannabis.

“Drugs are a ma­jor con­cern in ev­ery com­mu­nity and have dev­as­tat­ing im­pacts, par­tic­u­larly on our young peo­ple and most vul­ner­a­ble.

“The Drug De­tec­tion Dog Team will go a long way in help­ing po­lice to pro­tect our young peo­ple from be­com­ing the tar­get of drug deal­ers who in­tend to push drugs across our com­mu­ni­ties,” As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Daw­son said. Po­lice Dog Rue is a yel­low 23-month-old fe­male Labrador and Po­lice Dog Vi­o­let is a black 22-month-old fe­male Labrador.

Both of which are trained to dis­tin­guish in­di­vid­ual scents even when the scents are com­bined or masked by other odours. Both dogs also pro­vide a se­condary search ca­pa­bil­ity for the de­tec­tion of firearms and am­mu­ni­tion.

For all non-ur­gent re­port­ing or gen­eral in­quiries con­tact Po­licelink.

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