Hand in paw, duo fight crime

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Maryanne Taouk

WHEN Se­nior Con­sta­ble Steve Drury met ger­man shep­herd Luger for the first time there was an in­stant con­nec­tion.

“When I was train­ing with Luger we were com­fort­able to­gether,” Drury says of their in­tro­duc­tion four years ago.

Drury de­cided to join the NSW Po­lice dog unit af­ter see­ing the im­pact man’s best friend could have on solv­ing crime while work­ing as a gen­eral du­ties of­fi­cer in Fair­field.

“I didn’t even know there was the op­tion to work with the dogs,” Drury says.

“I thought I’d give it a go and af­ter a 16-week course I knew it was some­thing that I would love.”

Drury de­scribes Luger as “rel­a­tively re­laxed” for a gen­eral pur­pose op­er­a­tional po­lice dog, and says he doesn’t bark or fight with other dogs.

Luger be­gan train­ing as a puppy and learnt how to track and search for miss­ing peo­ple as well as find and stop sus­pects.

Drury re­mem­bers one in­ci­dent, in 2015, when Luger went “above and be­yond” what any reg­u­lar po­lice dog would do, risk­ing his own life to help nab a pair of hid­ing crim­i­nals.

“I asked Luger to en­ter the cav­ity of a house ceil­ing. It was a small space and I’ve seen dogs that just won’t go into such tight spa­ces, it’s scary for them, just like it would be for peo­ple.”

Drury says af­ter giv­ing Luger the com­mand to en­ter the ceil­ing his hero dog didn’t hes­i­tate.

“It was a try­ing sit­u­a­tion for me, I didn’t know what was hap­pen­ing, and we had two of­fend­ers in the space, but he did it, I was amazed he did it by him­self.”

The po­lice han­dlers and dogs form a strong bond and many stay to­gether af­ter re­tir­ing from ac­tive duty.

“I asked his pre­vi­ous trainer if it was OK that Luger stayed with me … it’s nice to have them stay where they’re com­fort­able,” Drury says.

“I know my kids will be happy, he’s just a pet to them, they don’t see him as a part­ner or as hav­ing a job.”

Luger will re­tire in 2017 to en­joy a re­lax­ing life at home.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Steve Drury with gen­eral pur­pose po­lice dog Luger.

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