Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today welcomed the announcement for a permanent position within the Oxley Local Area Command for a Police Dog Unit.


Mr Anderson today met with the police dog unit which has joined local police resources for a three month period.


Mr Anderson said “The unit is led by Senior Constable Kane Schwartz with two police dogs which include a drug detection dog and a general purpose dog.


“There are a number of operations planned for the next three months when the unit will be working with the Target Action Group.


“The Oxley Local Area Command will also be liaising with neighbouring commands to ensure that it will be used effectively,” Mr Anderson said.


The police dog unit will mean that police will have enhanced capability for tracking down offenders and even missing persons. The general purpose dog will be effective in finding human scent while the drug detection dog will specialise in sniffing out drug odours.


“Having two dogs was something that I was pushing for and I am very pleased that they have been allocated to our region to lead the way in proactive policing.


“Our communities have a right to feel safe in their homes and when they are out and about, so this unit will be a very valuable addition to local police in helping to achieve that.


“This securing of the dog unit for Oxley Local Area Command is good news for communities in our region and bad news for the criminals.


“Our police do a fantastic job in looking after our community and it is my job to support them by doing everything I can to provide the resources they need.


“I will not back down when it comes to pushing for resources as there is no reason why regional NSW should be any different from Sydney. Crime is crime no matter where it is committed,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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