Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services the Honourable Mark Ryan MP joined Acting Assistant Commissioner Stephen Dabinett today to launch the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Police Dog Service Monument.
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 Queensland safe.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Dabinett said more than 437 police dogs had served in the QPS since the Dog Squad was established almost 50 years ago.
“Our police dogs are critical members of the Service, supporting our frontline 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 to the Service and we have now grown to 15 Dog Squads and 86 dog teams across the state.
“The bond between a dog and handler is incredible and this monument has been a great opportunity to bring together our members and the community to share stories and acknowledge the great contribution of these animals.”
Acting Assistant Commissioner Dabinett said students at Stanthorpe State High School designed and created the monument with the individual stones funded by members of the community, local businesses and QPS officers around the state.
“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,” he said.
Minister 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 frontline police to keep the people of Queensland safe,” Minister 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.
“I thank the students at Stanthorpe State High School and the community for making this possible.”