New era begins as police dog squad and mounted branch join forces

November 24, 2016 by  

The City of Hume is now home to the new Victoria Police Mounted Branch and Dog Squad complex.

The new facility at Attwood near Broadmeadows, which was officially opened by Police Minister Lisa Neville and Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton, marks the first shared site occupied by both the mounted branch and the dog squad.

For over a century, stables built of stately red brick at Southbank have housed the police horses.

During the First World War, the site had operated as an army hospital. In 1912, Victoria’s Police horse ‘fleet’ moved in.

Following the Mounted Branch’s relocation, the old site is earmarked to become a visual arts wing of the Victorian College, where graphic design and printmaking will replace the sound of horse’s hooves, according to Ashton, who added that both humans and animals will have plenty of space to train in the combined facility at Attwood.

The centre, he said, includes a 5,000 square metre area for horses to train, as well as the latest state-of-the-art offices and stables.

In addition, the facility hosts a veterinary suite and 35 kennels for police dogs.

While the 104-year history of stabling the police horses in Melbourne city has come to an end, Ashton said the Dog Squad and Mount Branch squads can look forward to a beginning a brand new era in the modern, purpose-built facility at Attwood.