The Adventures of Bravo by Aiden Taylor
Bravo the police dog was the talk of the town when he went missing from his handler’s home at Regents Park last month.
It was Friday, November 6, and Bravo had just finished having a cosy night in with his family before retreating to his garden for some rest and relaxation in the summer breeze around 8:30pm.
No one knows exactly what happened after that point. QPS say the garden gate was either faulty or accidentally left open and Bravo escaped.
But we have it on good authority from our friendly neighbourhood pooches of Regents Park that Bravo decided to go on an adventure and that he always intended to return for duty with his handler the next day.
It was a very stressful time for his handler, Senior Constable Joseph Alofipo.
“[It was] A stressful moment for us, not only as a police officer and a dog handler but also for my family and children,” says Senior Constable Alofipo.
“Him being a police dog, I wasn’t sure how he was going to react out in the community by himself and he didn’t have a collar on, so to anyone in the community, he would have just been a normal dog.”
From here, Queensland Police Service put all hands on deck, mobilising a large recovery team of police and even considered calling on the SES. That is how much Bravo means to them.
They scoured the parks and patrolled the streets for nearly a day and issued alerts on social media, but still no Bravo…
In that time, an unsuspecting Logan resident had in fact found Bravo and was caring for him while they worked out who his owners were. That night, they saw notice of a missing black german shepherd on social media and instantly realised they were in the presence of police royalty.
The next day, they raced Bravo to Logan Central Station, and from there he was sent to the vet for a precautionary check-up and was later reunited with his handler.
Bravo is now back working on the Gold Coast with Senior Constable Alofipo, doing what he does best – hunting down violent offenders and finding people in vulnerable situations.
Bravo last made headlines in 2016 when he was injured while chasing a suspect and on another occasion when he bit the groin of a suspect trying to flee a high-speed police chase.
QPS released a statement thanking the community for their efforts in finding Bravo.
“The police did a fantastic job and also the community – the community did a fantastic job for us as well,” says QPS in the statement.
“The QPS would like to thank the community for their assistance in getting the word out.”