‘RUFF’ DAYS AHEAD FOR CRIMS AS POLICE DUO GRADUATE
New England’s crime fighting canine graduated from puppy police school last Friday following his final testing with handler Constable Adam Gersback.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson congratulated the pair on their graduation and said their presence has not gone unnoticed in the community.
“If criminals in our community are worried about the presence of the local Police Dog Unit, they should be. The team have already proven their effectiveness in tracking down offenders who think they can evade the law.
“We’ve been lucky enough to have the Police Dog Unit based permanently in our region for over a year now and local police tell me that it has been a fantastic asset to the team.
“It’s not just Tamworth that is seeing the benefits from the new unit, we’ve also seen a massive benefit across the whole New England and North West with the team being utilised across the Oxley, Barwon and New England Local Area Commands.”
The permanent Police Dog Unit position was secured in early 2015 following extensive lobbying by Mr Anderson and the community through a 5000 signature petition organised by local Tamworth resident Renee Bourne. The petition came following a series of break and enters on the family business.
“Our local police do a fantastic job and they deserve the best resources and I want to keep building our local police force numbers to help keep our community and streets safe.
“I thank Constable Gersback for continuing to serve in our local community and look forward to hearing more of the great work they are doing as part of our local police service,” Mr Anderson concluded.