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​Corrective Services K9s to raise funds for sick children

Publication date: Thursday, 11 January 2018

Corrective Services NSW’s highly trained contraband dogs and a high-tech escort truck will turn out to raise funds for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, which supports ailing children and their parents.

The 2018 Emergency Services Mega Bash, to be held in Peakhurst in Sydney’s south on Saturday, 20 January, will showcase emergency services and frontline staff from across the state.

CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said this was a unique opportunity for CSNSW’s highly trained staff and canines to show off their skills, and for the public to get a look at state-of-the-art technology used in law enforcement.

“I’m proud of the staff who are taking part in this important event which raises funds for children and their families at times of great need,” Mr Severin said.

“The K9 unit is part of the elite Security Operations Group and is crucial in the detection of contraband in our correctional centres. It’s a rare opportunity to see the unique bond between the handler and the dog at work.”

CSNSW’s dog handlers and their specially trained canines (K9s) are taught to detect drugs, phones or explosives, and last year conducted almost 70,000 searches across the state’s prisons.

Among the emergency service vehicles on display will be CSNSW’s custom-designed escort truck, which features GPS-tracking and back-to-base live video streaming and is used to transport high-risk inmates.

The Emergency Services Mega Bash aims to promote camaraderie between the services and raise awareness of their work within the community. More than 5,000 people attended last year’s event and more than $27,000 was donated to the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

Emergency Services Mega Bash
9am-5pm, Saturday, 20 January
Gannon Park, Isaac Street, Peakhurst