Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Canine Cop Set to Rest on Laurels; Crime-Fighting Duo Proved the Perfect Combination for Keeping Our Streets Safe

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Canine Cop Set to Rest on Laurels; Crime-Fighting Duo Proved the Perfect Combination for Keeping Our Streets Safe

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A VIOLENT, naked criminal was coming towards him, but all Senior Constable Shane Cavanagh could see was the man's knife.

"The offender was assaulting someone when I got there, and he came out with a weapon," Snr Const Cavanagh said.

Knowing it was an extremely dangerous situation, he did the one thing that would guarantee safety Co he called on his best mate to help out.

"Baz just launched right in front of me and the man dropped the knife," he said.

"The offender was naked, so he wrapped his hand in a pair of jeans and went to punch Baz."

Despite the attack, Snr Const Cavanagh's partner in fighting crime terrified the assailant so much that they managed to subdue the man and take him to the Bundaberg watch-house.

But the duo didn't celebrate their lucky escape with a few beers at the pub Co instead, Snr Const Cavanagh gave Baz his favourite doggy treat.

The Bundaberg policeman and his seven-year-old german shepherd Bazza have lived to tell the tale of many busts since the Innes Park incident two years ago.

Bazza works, lives, and plays with his human boss, so the two have formed a bond that is stronger than handcuffs.

"He's saved my life about four or five times," Snr Const Cavanagh said.

The pair has worked on cases from prowlers, break-ins, armed robberies and sieges, to murder.

Snr Const Cavanagh said the dog knew about 20 words, from the basic Cysit' and Cystay', to the one particular word that would let him know it's time to get serious with a criminal.

"Usually I just make him start barking, and that's enough to stop people in their tracks," Snr Constable Cavanagh said.

Like his handler, Bazza works a 38-hour week and undergoes regular training drills including tracking, obedience and bite work.

"He knows the difference between me in my uniform and me at home," Snr Const Cavanagh said. …

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