Detector dogs graduate

Detector dogs graduate

A delightful canine story for our readers today. The Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (ACBPS) have recently announced that four new detector dogs along (and their handlers) have graduated the Detector Dog programme!

These new recruits will be the last handlers to graduate from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) before becoming Australian Border Force (ABF) officers from 1 July 2015. (The ABF will be the frontline operational arm of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, with responsibility for the nation’s customs and immigration border and law enforcement functions, including the Detector Dog Programme.)

“Our handlers are taught not only how to deploy their dog in the field, but more importantly we also teach them how to maintain their dog’s proficiency,” said ACBPS Detector Dog Programme Director, Glenn Scutts.

^ Graduate Lisa and Detector Dog Maverick  

^ Meet Graduate Jackee and Detector Dog Frodo with foster family the Brentnall’s.

^ This is Graduate Emily and Detector Dog Hamish  

^ The first all-female course to graduate in over 35 years of training in the Detector Dog Programme

The graduation ceremony represents the first all-female course to graduate in over 35 years of the detector dog handler training programme.

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    November 3, 2015

    Hi, I'm looking for a dog that I think was accepted into this program in 2007. I wanted him returned when he was retired. I have lost contact with the people who assessed the dog ( a black labrador) and am wondering if the journalist could give me contact details of the organisition. the training place was somewhere in the hills (east south-east of Perth. thanks in anticipation

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      January 27, 2016

      Hi Lynda, Apologies we have just seen your email. We would suggest you contact the Australian Border Force (ABF) on 1300 558 287 for further information. Thankyou, Amanda

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