John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Former Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Justice; Community Safety

    Explosive new capability for WA Police Dog Squad

    20/03/2006 11:43 AM

    Two new Explosive Detection Dog (EDD) handling teams will add to Western Australia Police capacity to combat terrorist and criminal activity.

    Police Minister John D’Orazio today attended the graduation of dog handlers Senior Constable Steven Banks and First Class Constable Simon Parry with their labrador police dogs Hawk and Cordy.

    Mr D’Orazio said the dogs and their handlers had completed a rigorous 11-week course to prepare them for their vital role in protecting the community.

    “We cannot close our eyes to the increased use of bombing for political ends, with Bali, London and Madrid providing terrifying recent reminders,” he said.

    “These new dog teams will reduce the risk to police and the public when there is a bomb threat.

    “They will also be able to check and clear venues where there might be a risk of such a threat.

    “The dog teams will be based in the metropolitan area, but able to travel wherever they are needed in WA.”

    Mr D’Orazio said the two new teams were part of a $2.9million, four-year WA Government commitment to expanding the capacity of the WA Police Dog Squad.

    He said the development of the EDD handling teams was greatly assisted by co-operation from the UK Metropolitan Police - who permitted the Police Dog Training Supervisor to join their training program for four weeks.

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