Queensland Corrective Services has welcomed two new bouncy and furry team members. Labradors Freya and Carrie have qualified as drug detection dogs, and they’re ready to fight illegal drugs in jails across the state.
Alice Sinclair reports.
Freya and Carrie have been presented with medals to mark the end of their training, in a ceremony outside Brisbane’s Parliament House this morning.
They’ve completed three months of training by tracking exercises, learning to detect heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, marijuana and amphetamines before being welcomed into the force.
Mark Ryan, Corrective Services Minister: “They are there detecting contraband, preventing contraband from entering our prisons and working alongside our custodial officers to ensure the safety and security of our corrective service facilities right across the State.”
Freya and Carrie will now perform searches on incoming mail, visitors, staff, vehicles and land at correctional centres.
They’ve been trained to run alongside items to be checked, and to sit when they detect anything illegal.
Peter Martin, Commissioner of Queensland Corrective Services: “Not every dog meets our exacting standards. These dogs are incredibly fine proponents of what we expect of them and I will work very diligently in that direction.”
There’s no doubt it’s an important job.
Peter Martin, Commissioner of Queensland Corrective Services: “They will work tirelessly to keep these correctional centres safe for all of the people that visit and that are currently in our custody and particularly our work force.”
Freya and Carrie are all set to start their exciting new careers as drug detection dogs. Freya will be off to Borallon and Carrie will be stationed in Townsville.
Alice Sinclair, QUT News.