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Celebrating 50 years of the Canine Squad: An perception into the Cairns Canine Squad

PART 1 – With Officer in Cost, Cairns Canine Squad, Sergeant Dave Raymond

Sergeant Dave Raymond talks us by way of the inside workings of the Cairns Canine Squad.

This 12 months we have a good time 50 years of the Queensland Police Canine Squad.

A everlasting part in Cairns for the reason that Nineteen Eighties, our native Cairns Canine Squad staff is a much-loved part of the QPS by not solely their colleagues, however the wider neighborhood.

The Brisbane Canine Squad, 1980.

Background: In 1972 a choice was made to introduce the Canine Squad following discussions between the Police Commissioner and the Director Basic of the Schooling Division round escalating crime and vandalism in faculties.

In December that very same 12 months, law enforcement officials Charlie Degnan and David Laird participated in guard canine coaching with the Royal Australian Air Power (RAAF) in Toowoomba. Police Canines Lobo and Rolf had been donated by the RAAF to the QPS and commenced patrolling Brisbane faculties following their coaching.

Since then, the QPS Canine Squad has grown right into a staff of 472 police canine with 179 handlers. There may be now a purpose-built canine coaching facility on the QPS Academy, Oxley, that additionally contains its personal breeding program.

Members of the Canine Squad serve in the entire main centres all through Queensland. Of the 472 canine, we’ve got 68 Basic Goal (GP) groups, 14 Detection Canines (Organised Crime), six Explosive Detection canine and one Particular Emergency Response Workforce canine (SERT).

Within the Far North we’ve got seven police canine and 5 canine handlers. 4 of the canine are GP German Shepherds and three Labrador drug canine.

Sergeant Dave Raymond with PD Vader (Dec)Sergeant Dave Raymond with PD Vader (now deceased). Picture courtesy of the Cairns Submit.

Sergeant Dave Raymond, Officer in Cost (OIC) of the Cairns Canine Squad, has been a canine handler for 22 years and the OIC of the Canine Cairns Canine Squad since 2010. It goes with out saying that he’s immensely pleased with his staff and we admire Sergeant Raymond’s perception into the Canine Squad.

“Our busy staff helps policing operations as far south as Cardwell and north as much as the Cape,” Sergeant Raymond mentioned.

“Each time doable we offer assist to our distant communities. It’s at all times speaking level when a police canine boards the Air Wing to the Cape.”

“Having been a canine handler in Cairns for the previous 22 years I’ve seen loads of adjustments, particularly the variety of jobs that require the help of the Canine Squad.

“Our handlers and their trusty sidekicks do an incredible job monitoring and apprehending offenders, discovering hid medicine and firearms, and looking for misplaced individuals.

“I couldn’t be prouder of my staff; I feel they’re the most effective groups within the QPS. They work extraordinarily arduous, hold themselves match and are for sure devoted to their canine and the neighborhood they serve.”

Sergeant Dave Raymond (centre) and the Cairns Dog SquadSergeant Dave Raymond (centre) and the Cairns Canine Squad.

Please check out the video as Sergeant Raymond particulars the superb work completed by his staff and their canine. It additionally highlights the funnier facet of working with animals, just like the time his police canine Vader ate his whole pizza after he accidently left the canine cage door ajar on the station.

Particular fiftieth celebrations had been held in Brisbane which included visits from worldwide canine squads and the pleasure of the attendance of retired police canine handlers.

We’ll be certain the pooches get some additional treats.

Sergeant Raymond and PD Axel
S/C Marek and PD Bally
S/C Fysh and PD Thor
S/C Peraza and PD Ziggy
S/C Buckle and PD Radar

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