Drug dog Titan makes fly-in visit to assist police
Onslow police had some help on their patrols from a drug detection dog last month.
Police dog PD Titan was brought up from Perth with his handler and visited Onslow on Tuesday, August 23 as part of a regional WA trip.
Onslow police investigating officer Senior Constable Matt Dwyer said they had asked to use Titan for a day as a valuable asset on a local drug detection drive.
“It was an initiative undertaken by us here at Onslow, one to show our capabilities in remote locations and also to promote community confidence that if there are drugs in town that we’ll (make) every effort to detect them,” he said.
Titan was taken to Onslow airport to check 470 passengers and their luggage on five incoming flights, as well as random checks on outgoing passengers.
He also stopped by the post office and checked 30 bags worth of mail and 25 parcels.
Sen. Const. Dwyer said Titan had provided 14 indications but no prohibited drugs or items were detected in the search.
However, he said having such an effective helper on staff had been a good experience for local police officers and community members. “We want to promote a safe community and a safe State, and improve the way of life for people here in Onslow,” he said.
“(The response) was very positive and they (the community) would like to see more of it more often.”
However, Sen. Const. Dwyer said future access to another drug detection dog would be random as it depended on availability.