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Townsville Bulletin - - DEFENDERS - RACHEL RI­LEY

THERE is the hu­man side of the Aus­tralian De­fence Force but there is also the ca­nine side.

The Townsville Bul­letin re­cently spoke with mem­bers of the 1st Mil­i­tary Po­lice Bat­tal­ion while they were on pa­trol dur­ing Ex­er­cise Tal­is­man Sabre in the Shoal­wa­ter Bay Train­ing area.

Lo­cated within the com­pound of Bat­tle Group Can­nan, there were four dog teams with two ca­nines each.

Pri­vate Christo­pher Pen­ning from the 1st Mil­i­tary Po­lice Bat­tal­ion, which was at­tached to 3rd Brigade for the ex­er­cise, is one of just 12 qual­i­fied mil­i­tary po­lice dog han­dlers in the coun­try.

He said while hav­ing the hu­man el­e­ment was im­por­tant for se­cu­rity, hav­ing pro­tec­tion with a keen sense of smell was crit­i­cal in a bat­tle en­vi­ron­ment.

“Our dogs will in­di­cate if peo­ple are ap­proach­ing the area for at­tacks or any­thing, and they’ll let me know so I can pass it on to a higher com­mand,” he said.

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Mil­i­tary Po­lice Pri­vate Christo­pher Pen­ning Dog Spot pa­trolling dur­ing Ex­er­cise Tal­isma

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