Drug dog Ti­tan makes fly-in visit to as­sist po­lice

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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