Skippy the bush police dog
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