AFP Canine

The AFP's role in ensuring Australia's national security is supported by highly trained detection dogs and handlers located throughout Australia.

The AFP National Canine Program trains, develops and maintains dogs in disciplines including:

Firearms and explosive detection dogs

The AFP provides a firearms and explosive detection capability for through the use of dogs for criminal investigations and at major airports. This capability enhances explosives screening measures undertaken by airport screening authorities.

This capability is used to detect a range of military and commercial grade explosives, including firearms in a variety of operational environments.

Currency and drug detection dogs

Currency and drug detection dogs are trained to detect Australian currency and a range of international currency and drugs types.

The currency capability contributes to detecting the illegal movement and concealment of currency in support of both national and aviation operations.

They are also trained to detect a range of illicit drugs. This capability complements both targeted and proactive operations to detect, disrupt and dismantle both ad-hoc and organised illegal importation and movement of illicit drugs within Australia.

General purpose dogs

General purpose (GP) dogs are used in support of AFP operations in the Australian Capital Territory, nationally and internationally. This includes;

  • searching open and rural areas for offenders/missing persons
  • tracking from a known last location
  • searching buildings or enclosed areas
  • searching for physical evidence containing human odour
  • public order management
  • apprehending violent or fleeing offenders

Tactical dogs

Tactical dogs are used for the following in support of AFP operations in the Australian Capital Territory, nationally and internationally.  These include;

  • Inner cordon on high risk warrants for the deterrent and detention of fleeing offenders
  • High risk vehicle stops
  • High risk search and tracking in both urban and rural environments with tactical teams
  • Response to high risk incidents

If it doesn't add up, speak up. Call the National Security Hotline - 1800 123 400.

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