Minister for Police Mark Ryan and Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski have congratulated Police Dog Quinn upon receiving the Outstanding Canine Service Award for his exceptional service.
Patron of the German Shepherd Council of Australia, Dawn Fraser AO MBE presented the award to PD Quinn and his handler Senior Sergeant Sean Baxendell at the 45th National German Shepherd Dog Show and Trial held in Durack recently.
Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said PD Quinn is of the highest calibre and the QPS is proud of his outstanding achievements.
“PD Quinn has a unique set of skills making him an invaluable resource for police services across Australia,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.
“He is trained to work as a general purpose dog, tracking and apprehending offenders.
“In addition, PD Quinn is trained in human remains detection and high threat tactical response.
“He is one of the few dogs in Australia with this level of training and is currently the only dog within the QPS that has conducted all three areas of training and had numerous successes in each capacity.
“His involvement in numerous police investigations and successful findings of human remains have provided closure to the families of victims.
“Based in Brisbane, seven-year-old PD Quinn was bred through the QPS breeding program and has been conducting operational police dog duties for over five years.
“PD Quinn’s achievements are a credit to his handler, Senior Sergeant Sean Baxendell who has worked tirelessly to train his canine partner.
“Together, they have been responsible for the location and apprehension of a large amount of offenders in the Brisbane area.
“The team were deployed to Cairns during G20 for their tactical operations skills.
“They have also assisted the Special Emergency Response Team on a number of occasions.”
Minister Ryan congratulated PD Quinn and Senior Sergeant Baxendell on this top honour.
“It is with great pleasure and my heartfelt thanks that I congratulate Police Dog Quinn on his achievements throughout his career and this outstanding award he was presented,” Minister Ryan said.
“On behalf of all Queenslanders, the Palaszczuk Government thanks Police Dog Quinn and his handler, Senior Sergeant Sean Baxendell for their commitment to keeping Queensland safe.
“Their skills highlight courage, aptitude, boundless dedication and commitment, not only to their profession, but also to Queensland communities.”