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30 June, 2021

Mackay residents, meet PD Griffin and his handler

The Mackay Police District has been extremely well serviced by Senior Constable Matt Bastin and Police Dog (PD) Hornet for several years. Together they now welcome new colleagues Sergeant Jacob Bates and PD Griffin.

Police Dog Griffin taking in the country side views before beginning duty in the Mackay Police District

Sergeant Bates has been a serving the QPS for 10 years, with the last four years being served in the Rockhampton Police Dog Squad Unit.

He was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast.

“I was always determined to join the dog squad, I was fascinated with their capabilities,” Sergeant Bates explained.

“There is no technology which can replace them, and I love the bond which develops between the dog and the handler.”

Sergeant Bates was asked to describe PD Griffin’s personality both at work and also at home.

“He is a five-and-a-half-year-old purebred German Shepherd,” he said.

“He was born in Victoria and raised in Rockhampton.

“Griffin is a very energetic dog. He is loyal and also extremely hard working.

“At work, I could not ask for a better partner and away from work I couldn’t ask for a better mate.

“On days off, PD Griffin likes to have a swim at the beach or he will come hiking with me.

“I enjoy photography and he will often join me as I take to the walking trails with my camera.”

About three years ago, Sergeant Bates was deployed to perform relief duty in Mackay for approximately one month.

He enjoyed working within the district so much that he has actively been looking for an opportunity to return on a permanent basis.  Now he has his wish.

Teaming up with Senior Constable Matt Bastin and PD Hornet, the Mackay Police District is very fortunate to have such a hard-working, dedicated team serving the community.

Welcome to the Mackay Police District Sergeant Jacob Bates and PD Griffin – we hope that you enjoy your time here!

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