NEW POLICE DOG UNIT HITS THE STREETS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today welcomed the arrival of the highly anticipated Police Dog Unit at Tamworth Police Station.
Mr Anderson said it was extremely satisfying to see the team operational after a long battle for a permanent Police Dog Unit in the area.
“The community have been calling for a dog unit to be based locally since early 2014 and after a long battle we have finally welcomed the team to our area.
“Having a local unit means that our Police can respond to incidences far quicker, rather than waiting on a dog unit from Coffs Harbour or Sydney.
“It’s not just Tamworth that will benefit from the new unit, we’ll also see 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 earlier this year 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.
As well as the Police Dog Unit coming to the region, the Oxley Local Area Command will also see a boost in numbers with the dog handler’s partner joining the ranks and commencing work in Tamworth.
“By welcoming the couple we are able to secure another Police Officer to support those officers already in the Oxley Local Area Command working hard to protect our community.
“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. My focus is to continue to build a better region.” Mr Anderson concluded.