Man's best friend will also become a crime fighter when Geoffrey the new police dog gets to work in Bunbury.
Geoffrey and handler First Class Const. Jake Carruthers will be joining the team at the Bunbury Police Station to help with high-risk operations.
The 22-month old german shepherd has gone through a 12-week training course to prepare for the different tasks he will encounter.
Geoffrey will be expected to help in stopping anti-social behaviour, tracking offenders and in search and rescues.
South West District Insp. Lysle Cubbage said Geoffrey would be important for the Bunbury community.
‘‘He is another policing tool that we can use to benefit the local community,’’ he said.
Geoffrey is one of five dogs being enlisted at police stations, with the other four based in Perth.
Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Albany are the only regional offices equipped to cater for a police dog.
The State Government announced in August its intention to double the number of police dogs, with the aim of using them to help with out-of-control parties.
‘‘Police dogs are a positive thing, we’ve had one in Bunbury before and it proved successful,’’ Insp. Cubbage said.
‘‘We will always have a police dog, there will just be periods of compulsory training between each new dog.’’
Geoffrey and Const. Carruthers will begin in Bunbury in six weeks.
Const. Carruthers is a Bunbury police officer who is returning home and Geoffrey will live with him.
Barring injuries, Geoffrey will serve with Bunbury Police for at least three years and will have a working life of about seven years.The five new police dogs are replacing dogs that have recently retired.
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