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Retiring AFP canine commended for outstanding service at Brisbane Airport

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The Hon Michael Keenan MP Minister for Justice

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter Terrorism


14 March 2017

Retiring AFP canine commended for outstanding service at Brisbane Airport

Today, recently retired Australian Federal Police canine Louie was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for service, the first of the AFP’s four legged finest to receive this award.

Louie is one of the AFP’s most successful canines, having prevented nearly $20 million dollars’ worth of drugs from hitting our streets and seizing almost $2.5 million in cash.

Louie retired in December after eight years serving largely at Brisbane Airport, and assisting in searches in Tasmania, Victoria, Canberra and New South Wales.

He first started as an 18-month-old recruit as part of the first ever Cash and Drug Detection classes in 2009.

The support that Louie and other canine members provide to the AFP is integral to the multi-faceted approach undertaken by our law enforcement agencies to protect our borders.

In 2015-2016, AFP canines were deployed more than 12,400 times across Australia, that’s more than 230 times every week.

The canines detect currency, illicit drugs, firearms and explosives. They patrol terminals, aid in the screening of passenger luggage, and search aircraft, vehicles and freight for contraband.

Law enforcement cooperation in Australia’s airports is world class, with Commonwealth and state agencies working with airport providers to protect travellers and our borders.

The Federal Government is committed to ensuring that Australia’s law enforcement agencies have the tools needed to protect the integrity of Australia’s borders and airport environments.

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