Cop this for a Hot Calendar for 2016 Its Dog on Good

They do have rippling muscles and police badges, but this year's Queensland Police Service calendar models are a different breed to the usual pin-up.

For a start, they are mostly German Shepherds.

The calendar is a fundraiser for several charities, including the Animal Welfare League of Queensland, Police Legacy, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

One of the young guns featured in the calendar is Townsville-based police dog Mace.

Mace is a general purpose dog who works with his handler Senior Constable Nathan Hester tracking offenders and apprehending them.

"Our main bread and butter is searching for offenders that have left the scene of a crime on foot," Senior Constable Hester said.

"If a stolen vehicle has just been located or has just been dumped, then we can take the dogs to that stolen vehicle and try and locate a track, and follow where the offenders have gone."

Senior Constable Hester said Mace had only been working for about 12 months but was already proving himself to be an excellent tracker.

"The dog's nose is so strong; we are able to hone those natural instincts into what we want them to do," he said.

(Police)man's best friend

Police dogs live at home with their handlers, so working pairs quickly become closely bonded.

"I spend more time with Mace than I do with my family," Senior Constable Hester said.

The police officer lost two dogs to illness before being paired with Mace.

"The bond does form really quickly and is really strong obviously, over the course of eight or nine years," he said.

"Definitely the worst part of the job is having to say goodbye to them."

Meet Mr June

Mace's contribution to the 2016 calendar was a collaborative effort by several Townsville police departments.

The photo was taken by the local crime scene photographer, assisted by the local water police branch vessel.

Senior Constable Hester was glad to help out with the creation of the calendar but said there was "no way in the world" he could be a pin-up himself.

"[Mace] can be the calendar man," he said.

Calendars are available to purchase from the Queensland Police online merchandise store.

A police dog wearing protective shoes inside a car bonnet walking over the engine Photo: Mr November: Explosive Ordinance Response Team dog Max. Max retired from the service aged ten, just a few months after his photo was taken for the calendar. (supplied: Queensland Police Service)

Source: Queensland Police Service

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