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New dog recruits make early impact in war on drugs
2:18pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
TWO new recruits to the police's dog section have had early successes by helping officers make drugs finds.
Police dogs Gemma and Champ, both Labrador Retriever crosses, were donated to the force by Guide Dogs Liverpool, who noticed their potential to be police dogs when undertaking training at their centre.
Both dogs underwent extensive training at the force’s specialist dog section and are now working as proactive rummage dogs, trained to find drugs, firearms and cash under the guidance of their handlers Constable Si Coley and Constable Steve Martin.
Dog Section Inspector, Mark Fallows said: "Both dogs have been a real asset to the department and in a few short weeks, both have already made key drugs finds.
"It’s great to know that our partners in other agencies, such as Guide Dogs Liverpool, are able to spot qualities in a dog, that while aren't suited in a guide dog, will help to make a great police dog.
"We work closely with Guide Dogs Liverpool and are delighted that the dogs they have provided to us have passed their training and are now helping to us to keep the streets of Merseyside safe.”
Penny Williams Engagement Officer from Guide Dogs Liverpool said: "Here at Guide Dogs Liverpool, we are delighted to see Gemma and Champ flourishing in their police dog careers.
"A great amount of time and energy had been invested in the early training of these two wonderful dogs and we are so pleased that they are now contributing to the community in such a positive way”.
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