Minister for Police and Community Safety
The Honourable Jack Dempsey
Police Dog Bosun named outstanding canine
Police Minister Jack Dempsey said Police Dog Bosun deserved a pat on the back today for receiving the highest national honour that could be awarded to a German Shepherd.
The German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia awarded six-year-old Bosun with the Outstanding Canine Service Award.
Mr Dempsey said the Queensland Police Service Dog Squad had proven to be effective in detecting drug related crime, locating missing persons and tracking dangerous offenders.
“The Queensland Police Service has a number of specially trained dogs, like Bosun, who assist policing operations across Queensland,” Mr Dempsey said.
“Each police dog is trained to assist with a specific operation whether it involves locating a buried victim of crime or natural disaster, detecting illegal drugs or explosives, or locating a missing person.
“Their unique tracking skills are very valuable to the Queensland Police Service and I congratulate Police Dog Bosun for recei ving this award.”
Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said Bosun, who is stationed at Coomera, was an outstanding police dog with a long history of locating suspects.
“PD Bosun, a general duties and detector dog was recently bitten on his front left leg by another dog following his part in an arrest,” Commissioner Atkinson said.
“The bite, which happened in March caused muscle trauma and forced Bosun to take leave for several weeks.
“Bosun is well known across the Gold Coast from his work in locating offenders, to having his coat clipped as part of ‘Shave for a Cure’ to raise funds for Leukaemia research.”
“The Queensland Police Service has our their own Police Dog Training Program.
“All dogs in the QPS are trained to the highest possible standards and this formal recognition is a tribute to all members of the QPS Dog Squad from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and right through to Cairns and Mt Isa.”