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Chief Constable welcomes newly-licensed police dogs and handlers

December 1, 2018
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Chief Constable Craig Guildford presented three newly licensed dog handlers with their certificates yesterday (Friday 30 November 2018).

The handlers licensed with their dogs, PD Ned, PD Lola and PD Baxter, who are now qualified to work as proactive drugs dogs. The licence means the handlers can add another string to their bow, as they are now qualified as dual handlers, meaning they will work with a proactive drugs dog and a General Purpose dog (trained to support officers at incidents, search for missing people or detain and track offenders).

PC Burns, PC Whysall and PC Haywood have undergone a seven-week training course and will now continue training with their General Purpose dogs, before re-joining their shift as dual handlers in time for the festive period.

PC Burns will be working alongside two-year-old Springer Spaniel, Baxter, and two-year-old German Shepherd x Malinois, PD Wolf.

PC Whysall will be working alongside 18-month-old Labrador, Lola, and three-year-old Belgian Shepherd x Malinois, PD Dexter.

PC Haywood will be working alongside 18-month-old Springer Spaniel, Ned, and five-year-old German Shepherd, PD Akie.

Mr Guildford said: “The Dog Section plays a vital role in frontline policing, and it’s fantastic to see the handlers taking on new skills and specialities. The dog section is going from strength to strength and that’s thanks, in no small part, to the fantastic work of our officers, staff and volunteers.”

Insp Georgie Newton, from the Dog Section, said: “I’m thrilled that three more handlers and dogs have been licensed. The whole team has worked hard to support their colleagues and I want to say a huge thank you to PC Mark Lambert, PC Pete Baxter and Dave Heaps, who have all put a tremendous amount of work into training our handlers and dogs. They have spent weeks training in a variety of locations, often in miserable weather, but their enthusiasm and passion for their role has never faltered.

“Ned, Lola and Baxter have been with us since they were puppies and it’s great to see them ‘officially’ joining the team as proactive drugs dogs.”

Picture L-R: Ned, Lola and Baxter

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