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Meet the 39 dogs of the Queensland Police Dog Squad calendar. They range in colour, breed, locations, type of work and personalities. Read all about them.

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Police Dog Kaos, Townsville Dog Squad

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Police Dog Kaos was born in October 2012 through the QPS breeding program and has been operational in the Brisbane Dog Squad with his handler Jim since May 2014. His father PD Onyx is a police dog with the Special Emergency Response Team and his mother, Havana, is a breeding dog. His brother PD Kran works in the Townsville Dog Squad, another brother PD Kadar is with the Ipswich Dog Squad and another brother PD Kaleb works in the Toowoomba Dog Squad. PD Kaos is a general purpose police dog, which means he tracks and apprehends offenders. In his first few months of work, Kaos tracked and located a male suspect wanted in relation to attempted murder. Photographer: Stacey Appleyard

Recruit Dog Viper, Brisbane

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Recruit Dog Viper was born into the ‘V’ litter in January 2015 to Police Dog Nico and Jena. He has four brothers and one sister Vegas, Vinny, Victa, Vice and Vixen. He has been in puppy development training since he was eight weeks old and lives with a QPS foster carer in Ipswich. Viper is progressing well and is really enjoying tracking. He will hopefully become a general purpose dog at a Dog Squad in Queensland where he will specialise in detecting and locating offenders from the scene of a crime as well as missing people. He has loads of energy and his foster family adore him. Photographer: Stacey Appleyard

Police Dog Heeko, Sunshine Coast

Police Dog Heeko will turn four in July 2016. He is a German Shepherd bred by the QPS as part of the puppy development program. His father PD Onyx has had a distinguished career with the Special Emergency Response Team and his brother PD Hondo is a police dog on the Gold Coast.

Police Dog Heeko will turn four in July 2016. He is a German Shepherd bred by the QPS as part of the puppy development program. His father PD Onyx has had a distinguished career with the Special Emergency Response Team and his brother PD Hondo is a police dog on the Gold Coast. Pd Heeko completed his training in June 2014 to become a general purpose dog and work on the Sunshine Coast with his handler Dan, who enjoys taking photos of him. He is also trained to detect cannabis. His key attributes are his speed, agility and courage. Photographer: Senior Constable Dan Hayward

Police Dog DJ, Sunshine Coast

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Police Dog DJ finished his course to become a general purpose police dog with the Sunshine Coast Dog Squad in December 2013 at nearly two years old. He was bred by the QPS and has one serving litter brother, PD Dex of the Brisbane Dog Squad. As PD DJ is only junior in his service, his big moment is yet to come. However, he has apprehended numerous offenders for various offences. He is an amazing dog that is loved by his handler and family. He has an incredible ability to look like a cuddly teddy bear and then scare the living daylights out of people. Photographer: Senior Constable Dan Hayward

Police Dog Oakley, Sunshine Coast

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Police Dog Oakley will turn six in June 2016 and will have worked as a general purpose dog with his handler Trent in the Sunshine Coast Dog Squad for four years. PD Oakley was bred by the QPS out of the Brisbane kennels. His mother is a QPS breeding dog and his father is a police dog in the New South Wales Police Force. His two brothers PD OJ and PD Ox are police dogs in Brisbane and Gladstone. PD Oakley is cross trained in the detection of cannabis and is renowned for his incredible tracking skills. Photographer: Senior Constable Dan Hayward

Police Dog Anzac, Brisbane

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Police Dog Anzac is a drug detection Labrador based in Brisbane with his handler Mick. Bred by Australian Customs, he will turn four in March 2016. PD Anzac detects powder and amphetamine substances. In February 2015, he assisted with closing an operation targeting drug trafficking in the North Brisbane district where he located approximately one kilogram of cocaine, 200 ecstasy tablets and heroin. Photographer: Stacey Appleyard

Police Dog Sonic, Moreton

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Police Dog Sonic served the Caboolture, Redcliffe and later Moreton areas as a general purpose police dog for eight years. He had an incredible career, receiving an Assistant Commissioner’s Certificate (Operational) in 2007 for the location of an offender after tracking them for two hours. He was also awarded the canine service medal for serving in excess of five years by the Australian Defence Force Trackers and War Dogs Association. He was a committed police dog that loved his work and always gave 110%. He was due to retire in September 2015 and live out his days at home with his family. Sadly, PD Sonic passed away unexpectedly only a few days after his calendar photo was taken. RIP PD Sonic. Photographer: Stacey Appleyard with assistance from Sarah Whyte

Police Dog Mace, Townsville

Police Dog Mace is a general purpose police dog who was bred through the QPS breeding program. Police work is definitely in PD Mace’s blood with his dad PD Asko and brother PD Maui currently working in the Brisbane Dog Squad. PD Mace’s grandfather PD Akia and great grandfather PD Ike were also QPS police dogs. PD Mace turns three in February 2016 and has been working in Townsville with his handler Nathan since he completed the course in October 2014. PD Mace’s strengths are his high drive and energy levels, and since becoming operational has located offenders for stealing motor vehicles, break and enters and stealing. Photographer: Senior Constable Peter Abraham with assistance from Cecily Jones and David Leporati

Police Dog Mace is a general purpose police dog who was bred through the QPS breeding program. Police work is definitely in PD Mace’s blood with his dad PD Asko and brother PD Maui currently working in the Brisbane Dog Squad. PD Mace’s grandfather PD Akia and great grandfather PD Ike were also QPS police dogs. PD Mace turns three in February 2016 and has been working in Townsville with his handler Nathan since he completed the course in October 2014. PD Mace’s strengths are his high drive and energy levels, and since becoming operational has located offenders for stealing motor vehicles, break and enters and stealing. Photographer: Senior Constable Peter Abraham with assistance from Cecily Jones and David Leporati

Police Dog Bosco, Moreton

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Police Dog Bosco will turn five in July 2016 and will have served for over two years. He and his handler Cain make up a general purpose dog team with the Moreton Dog Squad. Born to Havana and retired PD Tank, PD Bosco is also trained in cannabis detection. His handler Cain also fostered his sister PD Bobbie who is now a general purpose dog with WA Police. PD Bosco is strong-willed, determined and very motivated. He has located numerous offenders in his short time on the road. Photographer: Stacey Appleyard

Police Dog Sabre, Sunshine Coast (photo taken while relieving in Mt Isa)

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Police Dog Sabre turns five in January 2016. He was a backyard pet until he was donated to police at two years of age. Not many dogs donated by the public make the grade. However, PD Sabre displayed a high level of natural ability as a police dog early on and continues to go from strength to strength. At the time of having his photo taken, PD Sabre had located numerous offenders in his two years of service. Based in Sunshine Coast District Dog Squad, this photo was taken while PD Sabre and his handler Matt were performing relieving duties at Mt Isa District Dog Squad.

Police Dog Dex, Brisbane

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Police Dog Dex turns four in January 2016 and in September, he will have served for over three years. He is the grandson of Police Dog Bosch and Police Dog Ike and his brother Police Dog DJ serves on the Sunshine Coast. He is a general purpose police dog who loves to catch the bad guys. PD Dex’s photo was taken in the Queensland Police Service Avenue of Remembrance to commemorate police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. PD Dex dedicated this photo to the courage and dedication to duty of those brave members of the Service. Photographer: Stacey Appleyard with assistance from Sarah Whyte

Police Dog Angel, Brisbane

Police Dog Angel is the only female general purpose dog currently in service with the QPS. She has one grandson working as an operational police dog and one on course at the time of having her photo taken. PD Angel turns seven in September 2016 and will have served for over three years after having been donated to the QPS. Thank you to Brisbane City Council for lighting up the Story Bridge pink for her photo. PD Angel would like to dedicate this photo to all those affected by breast cancer and in hope of a cure. Photographer: Stacey Appleyard with assistance from Sarah Whyte

Police Dog Angel is the only female general purpose dog currently in service with the QPS. She has one grandson working as an operational police dog and one on course at the time of having her photo taken. PD Angel turns seven in September 2016 and will have served for over three years after having been donated to the QPS. Thank you to Brisbane City Council for lighting up the Story Bridge pink for her photo. PD Angel would like to dedicate this photo to all those affected by breast cancer and in hope of a cure. Photographer: Stacey Appleyard with assistance from Sarah Whyte

Police Dog Max, Brisbane

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Police Dog Max, a purebred German Shepherd, turned ten in October 2015 and at the time of having his photo taken, was due to retire a few months later. PD max started with the QPS in 2007. He was donated to the service from a couple in Gladstone. A member of the Explosive Ordnance Response Team, PD Max is trained to detect firearms and explosives. Based in Brisbane, PD Max and his handler Mark have travelled throughout the state providing support to both warrant operations and security operations where he conducts bomb and firearm sweeps for visiting dignitaries. PD Max worked at G20 in 2014 providing security sweeps of numerous venues.

Police Dog Quinn and Police Dog Bert, Brisbane

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Police Dog Quinn will be six in 2016 and will have served for over five years. He was bred by the QPS and was the only pup in his litter. At the same vet surgery, a litter of Jack Russell pups were born at the same time and as their mother rejected them, they were put in with PD Quinn and raised by his mum Uma. PD Quinn specialises in general purpose, hard tac and human remains detection. Uniquely within the QPS, PD Quinn’s insatiable work drive has allowed him to perform three specialist roles and he does so at a very high level. In his role as a human remains detection dog, he has worked throughout Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria. He is affectionately known as the Brisbane Dog Squad cattle dog because of the way he “rounds” handlers up enticing them to play with him. He’s also known as Ernie as he’s partnered with Bert. Police Dog Bert will be six in 2016 and will have served operationally in two police services spanning over four years. Based in Brisbane, PD Bert is a human remains detection dog. He was trained with the NSW Police Force in human remains specialising in skeletal and blood. He then transferred to Queensland where he completed the QPS human remains training and has since been deployed throughout Queensland. Of note, he has successfully located human remains in a homicide investigation. PD Bert and PD Quinn keep their handler Sean’s hands full and they love to work and play together. Off duty, PD Bert spends his time going up and down the children’s slippery slide. Photographer Stacey Appleyard

Police Dog Nitro, Brisbane and Police Dog Heeko, Sunshine Coast

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Police Dog Nitro works with his handler Rob as a general purpose police dog team with the Brisbane Dog Squad. Turning five in December 2016, he’ll have been on the road for three years. In his role as a general purpose dog, he has found numerous offenders for a range of offences such as armed robbery and break and enters and even one homicide offender. Bred externally to the QPS, PD Nitro is a loyal and committed working dog. Photographer Sarah Whyte with assistance from Stacey Appleyard

W Litter Puppy, Brisbane

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In February 2015, the five girls and two boys of the ‘W’ litter were born to Uma and Police Dog Weaco. They were named by the public through QPS’ social media channels where over 36,000 name suggestions were submitted. This photo was taken before the puppies were named. The puppies were named Wookie, Willow, Wilco, Winter, Wylie, Whiskey and Wilson. They are progressing well in the puppy development program and are well loved by their foster families. Photographer Natalie Wilson

Recruit Dog Whiskey, Brisbane

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Recruit Dog Whiskey is a very playful and gentle-natured German Shepherd puppy. Born to Police Dog Weaco and Uma in February 2015, she is in training to become a general purpose dog or she could follow in the footsteps of her mum to be a breeding dog. She loves to go to school visits and get lots of pats from the kids. Photographer David Leporati

Police Dog Rocco, Brisbane

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Police Dog Rocco finished his course in June 2015 and has been working with his handler Stuart in the Brisbane Dog Squad as a general purpose dog. He completed his course with his two brothers, PD Rebel who is now in Brisbane and PD Razor who is in Logan. His two other brothers were due to go on course shortly after him. He is a very hyperactive dog and loves to play with his handler but is a big softy with his handler’s wife. Photographer David Leporati

Recruit Dog Bolt, Brisbane

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At the time of having his picture taken, Recruit Dog Bolt was completing the police dog training course to become a fully pledged police dog with an anticipated graduation in September 2015. Born in April 2014, Bolt was purchased from a breeder and has similar blood lines to the dogs in QPS’ breeding program. He is an energetic dog who shows a lot of promise. Photographer Acting Senior Sergeant Kathryn Denny

Police Dog Prue, Brisbane

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Poilice Dog Prue was born in November 2013. Her father is Northern Territory Police Dog Kosta and her mother is QPS breeding dog Odele. PD Prue is one of three human remains detection dogs which service the state of Queensland. Based in Brisbane, she resides with her handler Chad, his family, his current general purpose dog PD Maui and retired PD Xero. PD Prue has a lot of energy and enjoys playing with her mates. Photographer David Leporati

Police Dog Bullet, Toowoomba (photo taken when working in Mt Isa)

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Police Dog Bullet was donated to the QPS by a NSW German Shepherd breeder. Born in 2011, PD Bullet is a general purpose dog. He was formerly of the Mt Isa Dog Squad and is now stationed at Toowoomba Dog Squad. He loves the water and is always ready for a swim. He is very intelligent and a loyal dog who loves going to work. This photo was taken by his handler Des on top of Telstra Hill in Mt Isa in 2013. Photographer Senior Constable Des Brosnan

Police Dog Cruza, Logan

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Born to Police Dog Fox and Dutch in September 2011, Police Dog Cruza commenced duty in April 2013 with his handler Nathan with the Logan Dog Squad. He is a highly driven dog who loves to search and track. Photographer Constable Liam Richards

Police Dog Maui, Brisbane

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Police Dog Maui was born in February 2013 and became operational around the age of 18 months. His father is PD Asko and his mother is breeding dog Uma. His brother PD Mace works at the Townsville Dog Squad. PD Maui works out of Brisbane Dog Squad with his handler Chad. As his second general purpose dog, Chad fostered him from four months of age when his training commenced. PD Maui is the lightest police dog in Queensland weighing in at 26 kilograms, but that shouldn’t deter from his incredible power and skills. Photographer David Leporati

Retired Police Dog Xero, Brisbane

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Retired Police Dog Xero was born in 2006 and served Toowoomba and Brisbane Dog Squads as a general purpose dog for seven years. He was also qualified as a Special Emergency Response Team dog. His father was legendary PD Ike and his brother PD Vice and PD Wiz also served with QPS. PD Xero made headlines in 2009 after he and his handler Chad tracked down and charged an offender who broke into their home. PD Xero retired after G20 in 2014 and now lives at home with Chad, his family and two operational police dogs. Photographer Sergeant Sean Baxendall

Police Dog Finn, Townsville

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Police Dog Finn was born a few days before Christmas 2013. He graduated from the 14 week training course in May 2015 where this photo was taken and then joined his handler Brett in the Townsville Dog Squad as a general purpose dog. PD Finn was bred externally to the QPS. He is a very confident young dog that loves to work. He is one of four dogs in Townsville. His training is progressing well and PD Finn is developing into an impressive working dog. Photographer Senior Constable Dan Hayward

Police Dog Xander, Cairns

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In 2016, Police Dog Xander will have worked with his handler Adrian for over six years in Cairns. His father Police Dog Ike was a SERT dog and his mother was a RAAF dog. Turning eight in September 2016, he is a general purpose police dog and is cross trained in detecting cannabis. He loves his handler dearly, is very loyal and an is an excellent tracking dog. In 2015, he tracked a U.S. citizen who had been missing for five years. He had 54 locations in 2014 and at the time of having his photo taken in June 2015, he was going very strong with 38 locations. Photographer Senior Constable Heidi Marek with assistance from Sergeant Cary Coolican

Police Dog Larry, Brisbane

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Police Dog Larry was born in December 2012 and was bred by the QPS. He has three brothers currently serving as drug detection dogs. PD Larry is trained to detect the scent of human remains and drowned victims. He completed his training in mid-2015 and will serve throughout Queensland and assist around Australia if required. He lives with his handler Warren and his cousin Police Dog Turk. Photographer David Leporati

Police Dog Turk, Brisbane

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Police Dog Turk was born in March 2011 and was bred by the QPS. His grandfather Police Dog Asko was an operational drug dog with PD Turk’s handler Warren for six years. His sister PD Tess is also a drug dog and his cousins PD Larry, PD Leroy, PD Locky and PD Levi all work for QPS. He has been with his handler since he was five months old and grew up working and training alongside his grandfather PD Asko. As a drug dog with the Brisbane Dog Squad, he has had many achievements including the location of a significant quantity of cocaine and meth-amphetamines on the Gold Coast. He loves to play tug-of-war with his mate, PD Larry who he lives with. Photographer David Leporati

Police Dog Aussie, Brisbane

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Police Dog Aussie was aptly born on April Fool’s Day in 2011 and has served as a drug detection dog in Brisbane with his handler Glen since February 2013. His role involves assisting investigating police to search houses, yards, vehicles and vessels for drugs that may not have been found using normal search techniques. He also regularly attends music festivals and entertainment precincts to search for dangerous drugs. PD Aussie’s father is retired PD Bear and his mother is from NSW. His sister Ally is an assistance dog. PD Aussie could be described as having a split personality. At times, he is a big cuddly teddy bear and at others, he is a ball of energy. Photographer David Leporati

Police Dog Reko, Sunshine Coast

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Police Dog Reko is one of the newest additions to the Queensland Police Service and works on the Sunshine Coast. He is very obedient and loves his work. He and his handler Marty make up an excellent general purpose dog team. PD Reko will turn five in September 2016. Although early days for Reko, he shows great promise and is already tracking offenders. Photographer Senior Constable Dan Hayward

Police Dog Hondo, Gold Coast

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Police Dog Hondo, who turns four in July 2016, is a general purpose dog on the Gold Coast. He is a quiet and calm dog that seems to know when he can relax and then when to switch on for work. He is very fit and healthy and loves to have a ball thrown for him. PD Hondo located 30 offenders from tracking within his first 12 months of service for a range of offences including drink driving, assaults and theft. He hasn’t received any accolades yet in his short career but his handler Nick is confident he will in the future. He is a smart and hard-working dog who continues to impress Nick with his development. Photographer David Leporati

Police Dog Astro, Brisbane

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Police Dog Astro will turn five in March 2016 and will have served the Brisbane Dog Squad as a general purpose dog for over three years. His mother is QPS breeding dog Uma and his father is PD Stinger who is now with the Northern Territory police. PD Astro is known for his high level of tracking ability. He has located over 50 offenders in his first two operational years and is responsible for the apprehension of five violent offenders. He is also trained as a tactical dog and was deployed to Cairns and Brisbane to provide security for G20 delegates. He was in the inner cordon when President Obama arrived and departed in Brisbane. Photographer Allen Mechen

Police Dog Fitz, Gladstone

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Police Dog Fitz will have served with his handler Bill for three years in September 2016 at the age of four and a half. He is a general purpose dog with the Gladstone Dog Dquad. He loves his pats and is slow and methodical compared to other dogs. PD Fitz was bred by the QPS. Photographer Senior Constable Colleen Smith

Police Dog Venus, Brisbane

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The darling of QPS, Police Dog Venus is due to retire at the end of 2015 after six years of service and at nine years of age. A black labrador bred in Canberra, she is a real softy and a very big charmer, a lot like her handler Nigel. Over her lengthy career as an explosive detection dog, she has had several large weapons finds that have kept hundreds of firearms off the streets. She will spend her retirement days well-loved at home with her handler and his family. Photographer David Leporati

Retired Police Dog Odin, Sunshine Coast

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Retired Police Dog Odin is a black German Shepherd who was born in August 2006 and was purchased from a private breeder by the QPS. He served the Sunshine Coast with distinction from June 2008 until November 2013 when he was medically retired due to a back injury. A media darling of the Sunshine Coast, Odin’s claim to fame was biting an offender on the privates after Odin was punched in the snout. Today he spends his retirement years living like a king with his handler and their family. Photographer Stacey Appleyard

Police Dog Ox, Gold Coast

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Police Dog Ox is brother of PD Oakley from the Sunshine Coast and PD OJ from Brisbane who are both serving with QPS. Their siblings Oscar and Odessa both service with South Australia Police. Police Dog Ox will be six in June 2016. He is a general purpose dog who worked for three years at Gladstone before moving to the Gold Coast in July 2015. He is very driven and is excellent at tracking. Photographer Senior Constable Colleen Smith

Recruit Dog Wilco (left) and retired breeding dog Uma (right)

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Recruit Dog Wilco is a very energetic puppy who loves to play and particularly enjoys his sessions at the water. His training involes getting him used to the world around him as well as tracking and bite work. His mum keeps a protective watch over him and is proud to see him develop. Purchased specifically for her bloodline, Uma has whelped five litters and currently has seven sons serving as police dogs. She even raised a litter of Jack Russels after their mother rejected them. After whelping the ‘W’ litter in February 2015, Uma retired from breeding at around eight years of age. She now lives with her son Wilco and a police officer and his family. She is a very determined, loyal and active dog. She has tremendous protective traits and is genuinely affectionate. Photographer Sergeant Wayne Oldham

 

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