26 September 2023

Dogs’ monument to honour police service

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Queensland Police Service (QPS) dogs have been honoured at the Police Dog Service Monument, inaugurated last week.

The monument, which consists of more than 300 engraved stones, honours all police dogs that have served the State since 1972, recognising their loyalty and commitment to keeping the State safe.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of the QPS, Stephen Dabinett said more than 437 police dogs had served in the Service since the Dog Squad was established almost 50 years ago.

“Our police dogs are critical members of the Service, supporting our front-line police around the clock, from tracking offenders on foot to locating hidden drugs,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Dabinett said.

“From humble beginnings, the QPS quickly saw the value of police dogs and we have now grown to 15 Dog Squads across the State.”

He said students at Stanthorpe State High School had designed and created the monument with the individual stones funded by members of the community, local businesses and QPS officers.

“We will continue to raise funds for the additional stones to recognise all dogs and add to the monument as new dogs are inducted into the Service,” Assistant Commissioner Dabinett said.

Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Mark Ryan said the monument was an opportunity for the community and the QPS to come together to acknowledge the unwavering loyalty and service of the canine members of the QPS.

“Every day these police dogs and their handlers are out working in partnership and supporting front-line police,” Mr Ryan said.

“Seeing these dogs and their handlers on the job is truly impressive and a testament to the skills and dedication of the members of the QPS Dog Squad who work very hard to train them and grow this important capability within the Service,” he said.

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