Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Cobra Joins Mackay Police Dog Squad

Mackay Police Dog Squad has welcomed its newest team member, with Police Dog Cobra (PD Cobra) joining the force.

Cobra has been in Mackay for approximately three months, finishing his final training and development with Sergeant Jacob Bates and PD Griffin.

"Recruit" Dog Cobra was recently signed off and officially promoted to "PD" Cobra after a series of assessments at a Police Dog Training Course he and Sergeant Bates attended in Brisbane.

PD Cobra will now serve the Mackay and Whitsunday community working with his handler Sergeant Bates as an operational Police Dog in the Mackay Whitsunday Police Dog Squad.

PD Griffin will continue to work as an operational Police Dog with Sergeant Bates until his retirement later in the year.

“We are excited to have PD Cobra as a part of the team,” Sergeant Bates said.

“He has already proven himself and is exceeding expectations.

“While I don’t think PD Griffin is ready to hand over the reins just yet, it is an exciting and promising time having Cobra on board.”

PD Cobra is a general-purpose Police Dog, used for tracking and locating people of interest which includes missing persons.  

He can also work to apprehend violent offenders as well as work closely with first response police in a variety of circumstances.

Remember, if you see Police Dog teams working at any hour of the day, remain inside your homes and keep your dwelling secure.

Police Dog Cobra

PD Griffin and PD Cobra. Photos supplied

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