Paw enforcement: Maryborough's prison gets a new puppy

A NEW prison 'paw enforcement' officer will help keep the Maryborough Correctional Centre and staff safe after graduating from the Queensland Correctional Services (QCS) Academy on Friday.

Corrective Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller said General Purpose (GP) and Passive Alert Drug Detection (PADD) dogs were a big part of the Queensland Correctional Service (QCS) family.

"Our dogs and their handlers develop special bonds as they perform a vital role in correctional facilities right across the state," she said.

"After 12 weeks of intense training, they are finally ready to be sworn into the ranks of the QCS. But it's been no ordinary puppy pre-school.

"In order to graduate today, the dogs and their handlers have had to pass all stages of a practical course including obedience, agility, tracking, article searching and criminal work.

"PADD dog training also included visits to low custody facilities for further practical experience as well as a joint exercise with the Australian Border Force which provided an opportunity to engage with real drugs."

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said dog Kody and his handler Tony McKenna would be posted to the Maryborough Correctional Centre.

"At the election I made a commitment to ensure the staff at Maryborough Correctional Centre would get its fair share and be well-resourced. This is just one way I'm delivering on that commitment," he said.

"I wish everyone graduating today - but particularly Maryborough's new 'paw enforcement' officer and his handler."



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