About the author: Sid Brettell
Sid Brettell chose to do his National Service in the South African Police starting in December 1968 after completing his school Matric. He resigned from the Police in 1981 having been promoted through the ranks to Lieutenant whilst serving in the Dog Unit, as Duty Oﬃcer in the Flying Squad, Station Commander and Divisional Recruitment Oﬃcer. He was appointed as Security Manager in the Durban City Council and subsequently the City Chief Security Oﬃcer in 1989 before being appointed as Human Resources Director to several Municipal Departments. He resigned from the Council in 2001 and moved to London where he took up a role as a Human Resources Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa with a Multi-national company contracting to Government departments supporting the British Military and NATO in the Middle East and other UK based Government departments. He retired in 2018.
About the book: Squad Cars: The Durban Police Dog Unit in the 1970s
In this true crime memoir, the author tells the story about how the South African Police started using dogs in the 70s, and his experiences along the way.
The author met his best friend, an Alsatian named Bruno at the Police Dog School in Pretoria, who became his trusted companion and partner for the next eleven years. Together, the team patrolled the Durban city and suburbs, facing crime and violence, and were first responders on the scene of major crimes that rocked the country in the 70s and early 80s.
SQUAD CARS provides great insight into subject matter that is foreign to most modern readers. From catching dangerous and sometimes stupid criminals to dealing with the politics of the Apartheid era, the one thing that is evident throughout is the relationship, loyalty and commitment between the animal and the handler.
This book is a valuable addition to the bookshelves of every animal lover, readers of memoirs, and people interested in law enforcement and the history of South Africa.
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