QUEENSLAND — It was graduation day and eight dogs celebrated their induction ceremony. As of today they are now official police dogs with the Queensland Police Service (QPS). They are ready for duty!
Along with 89 graduating First Year Constables, the eight dogs completed the 25 week Recruit Training Program at the Oxley campus of the QPS.
Today we welcome PD Wolf, PD Moogai, PD Rambo, PD Rebel, PD Onyx, PD Roco, PD Tyler and PD Rowdy to the team. The dogs and their handlers will be joining several Dog Squads across the area to serve as either frontline police dogs or as explosives dogs.
The QPS trains 15 to 16 dogs each year and 30 to 40 police officers apply to be handlers.
The police dogs have been very successful with the QPS. Yoshi and first time dog handler Senior Constable Trent Reynolds had made 13 arrests between December 2014 and March 2015.
“It’s a bit like when you graduate from a recruit to become a police officer,” Sergeant Sean Baxendell, who is PD Bertie’s handler. The duo graduated from the same program July 25 2015.
“Recruits get their badges and their ID cards and registration numbers. It’s the same thing with police dogs — they get their official medallion and they all receive a police identification number as well.”