Skippy the bush po­lice dog

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency issues -

real emer­gency – this is im­por­tant so we can en­sure that we are in the best pos­si­ble po­si­tion to pro­tect the com­mu­nity.

“It could not have been pos­si­ble without our many com­mu­nity spir­ited vol­un­teers that were made up with fake in­juries that would be ex­pected in a plane crash, in­clud­ing those that played con­cerned par­ents and friends in the ter­mi­nal and those that played dead,” he said.

There was a spe­cial men­tion from po­lice to the lo­cal Army Cadets who played a big part in the suc­cess of the ex­er­cise with their ex­cel­lent ap­pli­ca­tion of the spe­cial ef­fects make-up to the ‘vic­tims’.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts of all,” Insp Skelly said. mo­ment for his col­leagues.

Mark spent time with met­ro­pol­i­tan fire brigades as well as coun­try sta­tions, and one of his pas­sions was train­ing the younger fire­fight­ers so they’d know their trade.

“When I joined I thought I was just pass­ing through while I was fig­ur­ing out what I wanted to do,” he told Dubbo Photo News this week.

“I joined at HQ fire sta­tion in Syd­ney and stayed there for a while, and moved to a few sta­tions and served at Ka­toomba and then Dubbo twice.

“I came out here as the train­ing of­fi­cer and had a mas­sive area as far out as Bro­ken Hill – it was fab­u­lous to be able to pass on my ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said

Mark is well known for pro­vid­ing good qual­ity train­ing, so crew turned up in their droves for his prac­ti­cal and hands-on ses­sions.

He is plan­ning to move to Ka­toomba for a while but said he may even move back to Dubbo af­ter a stay in the moun­tains. LAST week we re­ported on the fact po­lice were search­ing for a 33-year-old Nar­romine man wanted for nu­mer­ous of­fences – in­clud­ing an al­leged as­sault on a po­lice of­fi­cer in the ex­e­cu­tion of her duty.

Our lo­cal po­lice moved so quickly that the man had been caught be­fore last week’s edi­tion had hit the streets. Well done to Po­lice Dog Skip in Nar­romine for as­sist­ing in the ar­rest.

Act­ing on in­for­ma­tion re­ceived, po­lice from the Orana Mid West­ern District and the Dog Squad de­scended on Nar­romine in force and com­menced the search of a num­ber of res­i­dences, a po­lice state­ment said.

When they ar­rived at a large pad­dock, po­lice said the man was sighted and he de­cided to run – not a good idea when one of the ‘po­lice’ he was run­ning from can run a lot faster and has more teeth.

PD Skip went into ac­tion, suc­cess­fully run­ning the man down, tak­ing hold of him, and hold­ing him un­til the two-legged po­lice caught up and pro­vided as­sis­tance.

The man was taken to Dubbo Po­lice Sta­tion where he was charged with nu­mer­ous of­fences be­fore be­ing taken to Dubbo Base Hospi­tal and treated for mi­nor in­juries which oc­curred dur­ing his ar­rest.

He faced Dubbo Lo­cal Court in a bed­side sit­ting and was granted con­di­tional bail to reap­pear at a later date.

A great ar­rest and well done to all con­cerned.

The new district com­man­der, Su­per­in­ten­dent Peter Mckenna, has made plenty of pub­lic state­ments about how hard he’ll go af­ter of­fend­ers who try to bash his troops.

In­spec­tor Dan Skelly summed up the ar­rest and the events lead­ing up to that op­er­a­tion.

“This man’s ar­rest was due to dili­gent, con­certed, and sus­tained ef­forts of po­lice from the Orana Mid West­ern District over a num­ber of days,” Insp Skelly said.

“The mes­sage is if you as­sault po­lice you will be re­lent­lessly pur­sued, you will be caught, ar­rested, and put be­fore the court.

“Though is it ac­cepted by po­lice of­fi­cers, be­cause of the na­ture of their job, they could be as­saulted at times, when it hap­pens it will not be tol­er­ated, and peo­ple that as­sault po­lice will be held re­spon­si­ble,” he said.

Sally Per­ring with son Thomas, help­ing run the Give A Boot ini­tia­tive

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