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.