The Victorian Police: Dog Squad Monika Stojanovic  Limy O’Donnell
Dog Squad History: <ul><li>In 1975, it was decided that Victoria Police should form a Dog Squad. In the last 30 years dogs...
Skills & Training: <ul><li>Police dog handlers respond to complaints of intruders on premises, break and entering offences...
Duties performed: <ul><li>Police officers, dog handlers and dogs play important roles in operational policing in the Victo...
Interesting Information: <ul><li>FACTS </li></ul><ul><li>FACTS </li></ul><ul><li>As part of their training, dogs use an ag...
Becoming a police officer: <ul><li>The First Step in becoming a police officer is completing the pre-entrance police exami...
Newspaper Articles <ul><li>This Herald Sun newspaper article concerns The Victorian Police Dog Squad. The article states t...
<ul><li>This article found in The Herald Sun newspaper involves a police sniffer dog that has saved a lost jogger from a f...
<ul><li>In this article the Victorian Police have launched a high-level investigation into allegations that the bullying o...
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The Victorian Police Force: Dogs

  1. 1. The Victorian Police: Dog Squad Monika Stojanovic Limy O’Donnell
  2. 2. Dog Squad History: <ul><li>In 1975, it was decided that Victoria Police should form a Dog Squad. In the last 30 years dogs have been used in substantial numbers by police forces around the world. But, records show that even in the Middle Ages dogs were maintained by parish constables for the purpose of tracking down wrongdoers. </li></ul><ul><li>The Dog Squad plays an important role in operational policing in Victoria. It was set up for dogs and handlers to carry out specific tasks such as tracking offenders, or detecting explosives or narcotics. Dogs can often crawl or jump onto places where it would be impractical or impossible for police members to go. The natural instincts and abilities of a dog to track a human being or detect hidden persons or property provide the police with more help than any physical devices or technology. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Skills & Training: <ul><li>Police dog handlers respond to complaints of intruders on premises, break and entering offences, sexual attacks, brawls, prowlers, lost persons and many armed or violent situations. </li></ul><ul><li>Police officers and handlers of general purpose dogs often work from home within an allocated police district. </li></ul><ul><li>Handlers of narcotics detection dogs predominantly work on an appointment basis for stations or specialised units requiring the expertise of a dog. Consequently, they can be called upon night or day. </li></ul><ul><li>Handlers of explosives detection dogs search for bombs and other explosive devices in buildings, cars or personal belongings and often work alongside the Special Operations Group (SOG) and bomb technicians. They also regularly visit schools and railway stations at night in the course of routine patrols. Female German Shepherds and Labradors are used. </li></ul><ul><li>The Dog Squad also provides operational support. It works with the SOG during siege situations or when searching for explosives, and utilises the Air Wing when they require transport in a time critical situation. However, most of their support is given to local operational police. The dogs used, including German Shepards and Labradors are required to be aggressive for the work required. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Duties performed: <ul><li>Police officers, dog handlers and dogs play important roles in operational policing in the Victorian Dog Squad. Some of the jobs they perform include: </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to complaints of intruders on premises, break and entering offences, sexual attacks, brawls, prowlers, lost persons and many armed or violent situations. </li></ul><ul><li>Dogs and their handlers often work from home within an allocated police district. </li></ul><ul><li>The dogs are trained to specialise various skills including disciplines such as; general purpose, narcotics, explosives, areas of tracking, searching, protecting life and property. </li></ul><ul><li>Explosive detection dogs and handlers search for bombs and other explosive devices in buildings, cars or personal belongings. </li></ul><ul><li>Explosives detection dogs and handlers work alongside the Special Operations Group (SOG) and bomb technicians. They also regularly visit schools and railway stations at night. </li></ul><ul><li>The Dog Squad provides operational support to the local police, SOG, and the Air Wing. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Interesting Information: <ul><li>FACTS </li></ul><ul><li>FACTS </li></ul><ul><li>As part of their training, dogs use an agility course, which includes hurdles, ladders and planks, tunnels, fences and other obstacles that the dogs may confront when they are on the job. </li></ul><ul><li>Canine teams are available and deployed to tasks 24 hours a day, seven days a week. </li></ul><ul><li>The training course for general-purpose dogs takes approximately 18 weeks.  During the course, dogs are trained in obedience, agility, retrieving, searching for property, searching for people, tracking and criminal work. </li></ul><ul><li>The breeds most commonly used by Victoria Police for general purpose work are German Shepherds and Labradors. These breeds are physically strong and agile.  Dogs used by Victoria Police sometimes need to be aggressive when working. These breeds demonstrate all of these traits. </li></ul><ul><li>Some people think that narcotic detection dogs are addicted to the drugs they are trained to locate. In fact, the dogs are rewarded with food when they find the smell they are trained to find. </li></ul><ul><li>At nine to 10 weeks of age, pups are placed in the care of carefully chosen civilian puppy-walking families who receive lessons on how to raise pups in preparation for their training by the Dog Squad. </li></ul><ul><li>The Victoria Police Dog Squad is currently staffed by thirty-eight specially trained teams. </li></ul><ul><li>The Dog Squad receives calls every day of the week around the State. Victoria Police canine teams respond to planned operations for searches and reports of offenders in premises, burglary offences, sexual attacks, fights, prowlers, lost people and armed and violent situations. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Becoming a police officer: <ul><li>The First Step in becoming a police officer is completing the pre-entrance police examination at a cost of $90. </li></ul><ul><li>However before one applies it is necessary to check that you are eligible and have the required skills and values to live up to the high priorities of the keeping the community safe. </li></ul><ul><li>It is then essential to fill out and application form that consists of important information about you such as name, contact details and address. </li></ul><ul><li>Before undergoing any training or fitness testings, it is required that you have your fingerprints taken for background checks. The next step in becoming a police officer is undergoing medical, fitness and psychological assessment. </li></ul><ul><li>This is however, for general police officers, specialised police forces and branches may need additional requirements. Undertaking training at the Victorian Police Academy is quite challenging. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Newspaper Articles <ul><li>This Herald Sun newspaper article concerns The Victorian Police Dog Squad. The article states that the dog squad is appealing for people struggling to manage their pet German shepherds to consider giving them to Victoria Police. Squad Sergeant Glenn Barrot stated that adult German shepherds were urgently needed to replace the dogs approaching the end of their working lives. Pure-bred German shepherds, aged between 12 months to two years, were needed to help search for offenders and lost people and assist in investigating burglaries, sex attacks, fights, prowlers and violent situations. </li></ul><ul><li>The article states that The Victorian Police Dog Squad caught almost 1,000 criminals and made 969 arrests in 2008 but an ageing workforce means the police dog squad may face a shortage of clever canines. </li></ul><ul><li>Sergeant Glenn Barrot also states that skilled canines play a very important part in operating policing and someone’s pet dog could help save a life or could contribute to improving community safety. He also stated that no man-made device has yet to duplicate the natural instincts and abilities of a dog to track human scent or detect hidden persons or property, in this age of technology, because dogs can often crawl or jump on to places where it would be impractical or impossible for police members to go. </li></ul><ul><li>The Herald Sun: Ageing Victoria Police dog squad needs top German shepherds. (January 06, 2009) http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/ageing-squad-needs-top-dogs/story-e6frf7kx-1111118488131 </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>This article found in The Herald Sun newspaper involves a police sniffer dog that has saved a lost jogger from a freezing night out in the cold. The article states that the seven-year-old German shepherd named Salem and handler Sen-Constable Wayne McNamara found the jogger in dense bushland at Muskvale, near Daylesford early on October 29 th . </li></ul><ul><li>Sen-Constable McNamara states it was a combination of good luck and good management that has led to the jogger’s discovery. At around 6pm on Saturday the 31-year-old jogger left for his regular evening run with his eight-month old greyhound, but he took a wrong turn and got lost. As the night began to fall colder, the man was forced to cuddle his greyhound in a bid to keep warm as police and SES volunteers launched a search at around 9pm. </li></ul><ul><li>They searched for him for roughly three hours before the dog squad was called in for help. It took Salem the sniffer dog just 30 minutes to track down the jogger. </li></ul><ul><li>The Herald Sun: Sniffer dog finds lost jogger. (October 30, 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/sniffer-dog-finds-lost-jogger/story-e6frf7kx-1111112436662 </li></ul>&quot;I just went for a bit of a drive out into the forest. I drove out about 4km, then I yelled out and heard a 'Cooee' come back,&quot; said Sen-Constable McNamara.&quot;I walked straight into the bush in the direction it was coming from. The dog's got a good whiff of him and pulled me along for about the last 300m.“ Sen-Constable McNamara said he and Salem found the jogger on a track, huddled up with his pet dog. He was clad in running shorts and singlet, with the mercury down to 2 Celsius.
  9. 9. <ul><li>In this article the Victorian Police have launched a high-level investigation into allegations that the bullying of a young women may have contributed to her suicide. The young policewoman worked in the northern suburbs and was found dead at her house. It was said by friends- of the young women- that she often complained about the way she was being treated by fellow officers. </li></ul><ul><li>It was said that that the investigation will examine whether the constable had previously made any complaints to other police about her treatment and, in the event other police knew of bullying allegations, whether the claims were handled appropriately. </li></ul><ul><li>The article also briefly mentions that within the past five years the force has sought for discipline or, in one case fire police officers for bullying-related behaviour. </li></ul><ul><li>The article also mentioned that the state government introduced tougher laws against workplace bullying in move promoted by the tragic case of the teenage waitress who killed herself due to being tormented by colleagues. The government had amended stalking legislation to include workplace cyber-bullying with offender facing a maximum of 10 years jail sentence. </li></ul>3.Police to examine bullying in suicide of constable- Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker. (September 10, 2011) http ://www.theage.com.au/victoria/police-to-examine-bullying-in-suicide-of-constable-20110909-1k24s.html
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