Dakota and Quokka, newest recruits in the fight against meth in the community
Part of $1.2m investment in the canine unit since 2013
Drug dogs form part of the Liberal National Government's WA Meth Strategy
Drug detection dogs Dakota and Quokka have been unveiled by the Liberal National Government as the newest recruits in the fight against methylamphetamine in the community.
Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said the dogs had undergone an intensive training program and had already disrupted the supply of meth into the Western Australian community.
"Since Dakota and Quokka graduated in April, they have helped take meth, ecstasy, heroin, cocaine and cannabis off the streets, as well as sniffing out cash suspected to be the profits of drug dealers," Mrs Harvey said.
"Drug detection dogs play a crucial role in the battle against meth and are working extensively with WA Police's recently formed Meth Teams, which target both high-level trafficking and local drug dealers."
The Minister said the drug detection dogs, which scratch and bite at the source of the odour of drugs and cash, were deployed with the Meth Teams nine times per month in 2015 and this had increased to 12 times per month so far in 2016.
"This is in line with the WA Police meth enforcement plan which created a range of police teams dedicated to disrupting the supply of this chaotic drug into Western Australia," she said.
Mrs Harvey said Dakota and Quokka were part of a $1.2 million Liberal National Government commitment to boost the canine section with nine general purpose dogs, two narcotic detection dogs, and refurbished kennels.
The Minister said the dogs were part of the Government's WA Meth Strategy to tackle meth on three fronts including education, support for addicts and their families, and disrupting supply.
In 2015, the WA Police drug dogs detected nearly 10kgs cannabis; 12kgs meth; 2kgs heroin and $474,000 in cash
The drug dogs have detected nearly 4kgs of meth in the first six months of this year
It costs nearly $40,000 to train and maintain drug detection dogs
Deputy Premier and Police Minister's office - 6552 5900