Much loved mascot of the Wireless Patrol, P.C Bully was quite a sight perched on the wireless patrol car running board, or sitting in the front seat alongside the driver.
One of Victoria’s first police dogs, the eyresdale and bull terrier mix had been bred to fight crime and weed out criminals, but the loveable pup had other ideas. Instead, members of the wireless patrol claimed Bully was a playful dog only interested in coming along for a ride, playing fetch, or having his belly rubbed.
In a 1923 newspaper exclusive on the wire-less patrol, PC Bully features as ‘ just a big, playful dog at heart, and it is his great delight to have a romp with his pals of the Patrol before the serious business of the night begins’.
One member of the squad remembered a day when much to the shame of his human colleagues, P.C Bully failed to bark or growl on command at despised Melbourne King Pin Squizzy Taylor. Instead, the mutt greeted him with a wagging tail before giving in to pats.