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New pupils at WA police puppy school

AAP logoAAP 11/09/2016 Rebecca Gredley

The Western Australia Police canine section has new puppy students for the first time since 2009.

Four male puppies are enrolled in the program where they will be trained into general duties police dogs, with an additional two puppies expected to be introduced into the six-month program in coming months.

Three of the four puppies, Arnold, Scud and Stinger, are 13-week-old German shepherds, while the fourth is a 21-week-old malinois named Payne.

Officer in charge of mounted and canine operations, Senior Sergeant Glen Potter, said the puppies will live with their handlers before formal training starts soon, and it will take 18 months before they are fully operational police dogs.

"The handlers already have operational general duties dogs and each pup will benefit from seeing their older kennel mates in action during their work day," he said.

"Their development in an operational environment will mean that the dog is acclimatised to policing from an early age, resulting in dogs that are more suitable to the rigours of policing."

Unfortunately not all puppies graduate from the program, as some may be rehomed if they show behaviours that mean they are more suitable as a pet.

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