Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and Police Minister Stuart Ayres today announced the welcome news of a Police Dog Unit trial for the Oxley Local Area Command.


Mr Anderson said “Today’s announcement is a result of a very strong community push for extra resources for local police, and I am proud to say that together we have been able to answer that call by establishing a trial dog unit to support existing police and operations in the region.


“The trial of a General Purpose Police Dog will give the community confidence that we are trying to do everything that we can to drive down crime. It’s wonderful news for the community and bad news for crooks with the unit consisting of a Police Officer and a General Purpose German Sheppard dog.


Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Stuart Ayres said the month long Police Dog trial will be based in Tamworth, but it is important to remember that it will also service the entire Oxley Local Area Command including the Area Commands of Barwon and Northern Tablelands when needed. A trial will be assessed at the end of the month and a decision made on its future needs.


“The general purpose Police Dog has tracking and searching capability, as is very effective for criminal apprehension. The dog will be available to attend any jobs that are occurring at the time where there might be an element of tracking or searching.”


Mr Anderson said “We were joined today by Western Region Commander Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, the Head of NSW Police Dog Unit Superintendent Donna Adney, and Oxley Local Area Command Acting Superintendent, Inspector Paul Johnson. I sincerely thank them for their support and I am grateful for the work they do in looking after our community.


“I also sincerely thank Renee, Barry and Karen Bourne and the community who got behind the push with a 5000 signature petition. This announcement of a trial Dog Unit is a reflection of community concerns and needs being met by the NSW Government and the Police Minister.


“Our Police do a fantastic job and my job is to support them by working hard to provide the resources they need to drive down crime, which will ultimately make our streets and communities feel safer.” Mr Anderson concluded.

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