City’s newest police recruit likes to chase, play
GLADSTONE Police Station has had a visit from a furry recruit: police puppy Arrow.
Police puppy Arrow was born eight months ago as part of the Queensland Police Puppy development program.
Arrow's father is police dog Tallis, a retired general-purpose police dog.
When Arrow was eight weeks old he moved to Gladstone with his foster carer, Constable Mitch Curran.
While police puppy Arrow is in foster care, he begins his training in obedience, tracking offenders and he also does a little bit of bite work using toys as a reward.
After his foster period in Gladstone Arrow will go to Oxley Police Academy and take part in a four-month course with a dog handler.
He will then take part in a six-week mentoring program with a handler conducting operational training.
While police puppy Arrow is not training and socialising with people, he is kennelled and this is where he sleeps.
Police puppy Arrow has visited to the beach and will often be caught chasing birds around the yard.
He has progressed a long way from sleeping in the foot well of the police car to riding in the back with the big police dogs.