Dog squad teams are an important part of perimeter security at all Queensland correctional centres.
Handlers and their canine companions search mail, vehicles, perimeter fencing and buildings; they are there on visit days searching all visitors and they can also track.
There are two types of dogs working in Queensland prisons, General Purpose (GP) dogs and Passive Alert Drug Detection (PADD) dogs.
PADD dogs are the gentler of the two – usually Labradors and English Springer Spaniels – and work predominately with people. They conduct searches for contraband substances within centres and during visit days. GP dogs – usually German Shepherds and Rottweilers – support correctional officers in the supervision of prisoners and also with tracking and searching.
There are currently more than 60 dog squad handlers based at correctional centres state-wide.
It takes specialist training, dedication and commitment to join the ranks of this prestigious team.
Watch our video to learn more about how to become a dog squad officer, what the training involves and what an average day on the job is like.
You can find out more about becoming a correctional officer in Queensland by visiting the Queensland Corrective Services website.