AFP Firearm & Explosive Detection Dogs Given a New Home
NSW, Australia (News4us.com) August 01, 2011
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has recently opened a new canine kennel facility, situated on the northern NSW coast.
Built under the endorsement of the federally-funded ‘Project Jupiter’, the Murwillumbah facility, is the first of nine AFP canine facilities to be opened, to service major airports across Australia.
The new facility is heralded as Part of the Gillard Government’s four year plan, with an injection of funding worth $200 million to further strengthen security at Australian airports over four years.
The program is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013.
Firearm and Explosive Detection (FED) dogs housed at Murwillumbah will service the Gold Coast airport, supporting additional aviation security measures including checking facilities, aircraft, baggage and freight.
Assistant Commissioner Shane Connelly said the FED dogs are an integral part of the AFP’s airport policing capacity
“This new facility will provide a new home and vital training for our canine team and enable the AFP to continue to provide first-rate security at Gold Coast airport,” he said.
“This opening is the first in a series of new facilities that will continue to ensure the AFP is unwavering in its provision of security and safety for passengers and visitors to Australia’s major airports.”
The new facility features 10 overnight kennels, two isolation kennels for housing sick dogs or those needing to be separated from the other animals, six day runs, a vet treatment room and agility yard.
The canine facility has also been designed in accordance with the AFP’s requirements to be environmentally friendly, including natural ventilation for kennel areas, zoned heating and cooling systems, and rainwater collection and reuse for irrigation and toilet flushing.
FED canine teams are a specialist component of the AFP’s role at airports. The teams provide a highly visible deterrence capability and are skilled in undertaking combined operations.
At present there 46 FED and 10 Currency and Drug (CAD) dog teams operating in 10 of the 11 major airports.
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