Drug dogs train­ing in va­cant homes

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Laura Pond

THE Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties is part­ner­ing with po­lice to as­sist with ca­nine drug de­tec­tion train­ing.

Po­lice han­dlers un­der­take reg­u­lar train­ing ses­sions with their dogs, of­ten seek­ing va­cant homes so ca­nines have to com­pete with var­i­ous scents to lo­cate hid­den drugs.

The depart­ment is help­ing by link­ing of­fi­cers di­rectly to homes that are un­tenanted and await­ing rede­vel­op­ment or sale.

The Times re­cently at­tended a train­ing ses­sion with mem­bers of the WA Po­lice’s Mounted and Ca­nine Op­er­a­tions di­vi­sion at an empty house to watch the teams in ac­tion.

Dog han­dlers Se­nior Con­sta­bles Fran­cois Bekker and Craig Garth and their dogs, labrador Sonic and Ger­man shep­herd Max, were able to de­tect as lit­tle as one gram or a drug pill in two units used to hide the drugs.

Each dog has its own re­sponse – ei­ther pas­sive or ac­tive. Max freezes when he finds the drugs, while Sonic scratches at the spot of the stash.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Tom Fer­gus­son said the more re­al­is­tic prac­tice sce­nar­ios would bet­ter equip the ca­nine recruits for de­tect­ing drugs.

“You also get the ben­e­fit of a high visual po­lice pres­ence at va­cant prop­er­ties that can help to de­ter crim­i­nal ac­tion,” he said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d480312

Dog han­dler Se­nior Con­sta­ble Fran­cois Bekker with Max.

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