In 2016 Dog Force Australia was contracted by the Northern Territory Police to deliver a Police Dog Handler – Detection Operations Course for the Northern Territory Police Dog Operations Unit. Two Labrador Detection Dogs were sourced to service the initial course from DFA’s canine suppliers within Australia. The dogs were pre-developed prior to commencing the course, which facilitated delivery of the program in six weeks. Participants on the course completed nationally accredited units of competency under the Vocational Education and Training Framework which was supported by specialist practical skills in Detection Dog canine law enforcement.
Stringent dog selection, procurement and pre-development of the dogs by Dog Force Australia, meant the course could be reduced from the usual 16 weeks to only 6 weeks and the outcomes achieved were of a higher standard.
Later that year Dog Force Australia returned to the NTPOL Dog Operations Unit to deliver a Police Dog Handler – General Purpose Operations Course. Four General Purpose Dogs were sourced to service this course. Two of the dogs were imported from DFA’s canine supplier in the Netherlands. All dogs were pre-developed prior to commencing the course, which meant the course was completed in 8 weeks instead of the traditional 16 week course duration. The course Chief Instructor was DFA’s UK based trainer, Jim Gall who delivered nationally accredited units of competency under the Vocational Education and Training Framework which was supported by specialist practical skills in General Purpose canine law enforcement.
The Northern Territory Police Dog Operations Unit contracted Dog Force Australia to deliver the Police Dog Handlers Course – Detection Operations in Darwin. Dog Force Australia sourced and pre-trained three labradors on all the known narcotic odours to a very competent standard in preparation for the course. They also arranged for one of their UK based trainers, Colin Walker, to deliver the course. Colin’s professionalism and ability to mentor our novice handlers was exceptional.
I was also impressed that Dog Force Australia is a Registered Training Organisation which allowed our handlers to receive nationally recognised Statements of Attainment. Our Unit now has two new handlers and three new Drug Detection Dogs that are already making a huge impact on illegal drugs in the Northern Territory.
A/Senior Sergeant David Young
OIC, Dog Operations Unit
Northern Territory Police
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