We are honoured that Nigel Allsopp, Australian ANZAC of the year 2017 and Australia Day Citizen of the year 2019 is our very special Ambassador representing Australia and New Zealand. We couldn’t have found anyone more illustrious and appropriate; Nigel is a veteran of military overseas deployments and a decorated police officer. He served in the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces for over 25 years, and has spent a lifetime working with animals, initially as a Military Working Dog handler. Nigel is the Founder and President of the Australian War Animal Memorial Organization (AWAMO) and the driving force behind the establishment of memorials honouring the deeds and sacrifices of animals in wars. He is a published author of ten books on Police and Military animals and is a recognised subject matter expert. Nigel has established over 30 war animal memorials all over the world. In June 2017 he opened the WWI War Animal memorial in Pozieres, France. The memorial honours all animals from all nations. Today, Nigel remains in uniform where he is an operational explosive detection dog handler for the Queensland Police Service. He is a qualified Mounted Police Officer having undertaken basic and advanced Police riding courses in California, USA and is a member of the Australian Light Horse Ceremonial troop.
On National Animal Day on August 23, and to show Australian support to our cause, he laid a purple poppy wreath at the Army Veterinary Corps war animal memorial in Queensland (pictured above) and over many months he has given us advice and wise counsel. We were delighted when he flew over especially to lead Ambassador representatives from Canada, America, France and New Zealand in the laying of wreaths at the unveiling of Poppy our War Horse in Ascot on June 8, 2018.
Nigel tell us; “Horses have been used in law enforcement for centuries. They were the fastest and surest form of transportation. Even after cars became common, many law enforcement agencies continued to use mounted patrols the world over. Mounted police are police who patrol on horseback (equestrians) they continue to serve in both rural and metropolitan areas where their day-to-day function may range from being used for crime prevention in high visibility policing roles, searching for missing persons in remote areas or in the thick of a public disorder riot. They are the ten foot cops.“
Ten Foot Cops is the name of Nigel’s latest book and you can buy it in the UK from Amazon now for £13.94