Having some festive fun are Senior Constable Dave Kotek, police dog Ken and Senior Constable David Henderson from the Richmond Local Area Command Crime Prevention Unit.
Having some festive fun are Senior Constable Dave Kotek, police dog Ken and Senior Constable David Henderson from the Richmond Local Area Command Crime Prevention Unit. Cathy Adams

Police pooch helps spread tough-love Christmas message

LOOK after yourself, look out for your mates, have a plan B to get home, don't carry or use drugs or weapons and have a safe festive season.

That's the tough-love message from Senior Constable David Henderson of the Richmond Local Area Command Crime Prevention Unit when he stopped by The Northern Star with Senior Constable David Kotek and general purpose police dog Ken.

Snr Const Henderson said he hoped everyone would think about their families and friends and take extra care over the Christmas and New Year break.

He warned police would be vigilant.

"Monitor your alcohol intake and always have an alternative plan to get home safely,” he said. "If you try to take drugs or weapons into a nightclub you will be caught.”

This was demonstrated by Ken, who was put through his paces to show how quickly he could support his human handler and colleagues.

As a multi-disciplined canine trained to work under a variety of conditions, Ken provides invaluable support in many roles, including tracking, protecting and detaining people and objects.

"We advise people to check out the Richmond LAC web page,” Snr Const Henderson said.

"We want everyone to have a happy and safe festive season.”



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