A monument for Queensland Police service dogs, and designed by local high school students, has been unveiled at a special event this week.
The monument comprises more than 300 engraved stones and was established in honour of all the police dogs that have served the state.
Students from Stanthorpe State High School designed and created the stone installation, which was funded by donations from community members, local businesses and Queensland police officers.
Acting assistant commissioner Stephen Dabinett said 437 police dogs had served the Queensland police force since 1972 and the monument was a fitting tribute to the dog’s loyalty and commitment to keeping the community safe.
“From humble beginnings, the QPS quickly saw the value of police dogs to the Service and we have now grown to 15 Dog Squads and 86 dog teams across the state,” Dabinett said.
“Our police dogs are critical members of the Service, supporting our frontline police around the clock – from tracking offenders on foot to locating hidden drugs.”
Dabinett was joined by police and corrective services minister Mark Ryan at an unveiling event for the monument on Tuesday.
Ryan thanked the school students and wider community for realising the idea of the monument and acknowledged the important role the animals played in Queensland police investigations.
“Every day these police dogs and their handlers are out working in partnership and supporting frontline police to keep the people of Queensland safe,” Ryan said.
“Seeing these dogs and their handlers on the job is truly impressive and a testament to the skills and dedication of the members of the QPS Dog Squad who work very hard to train them and grow this important capability within the service.”
Acting assistant commissioner Dabinett said it was great to come together and share stories about the contributions of the service animals. The QPS will continue to raise funds to add more stones to the monument as more service dogs join the service, he added.