Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today joined with Oxley Local Area Commander, Superintendent Clint Pheeney to announce a three month trial of two police dogs for the region.

Mr Anderson said that there will be a general duties dog and drug dog which will join police resources to help drive down crime and make our streets safe again on the 19th January.

“Following the trial in September last year, the dog unit was kept busy and we had a very strong case with evidence that the dog unit was effective and should be a permanent part of the Oxley Local Area Command.

“I will continue to push for a permanent dog unit based at the Oxley Local Area Command and we are progressing toward that.

“A position has been made available in the Oxley Local Area Command and advertising has begun to fill that position. In the meantime, the dog unit will be stationed here for three months.

“It is unfortunate that the unit that was stationed here during the trial had chosen to stay at their previous location and that’s why advertising has commenced to fill the position in Tamworth.

“I will continue to work with the Police Minister’s Office and exhaust every avenue in getting the position filled. I share the community’s frustration and will do everything I can to continue to boost our police resources and get a permanent dog unit based in our region.

“We have a right to feel safe in our homes, and our community and law and order will remain a top priority for me,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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