Hand in paw, duo fight crime
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.