Police dogs and handlers take on National Police Dog Trials - The Solihull Observer

Police dogs and handlers take on National Police Dog Trials

Solihull Editorial 21st May, 2024   0

POLICE DOGS and their handlers from West Midlands Police took part in this year’s National Police Dog Trials.

The trials began on Monday (May 20) in Scotland with PCs Henry and Loi competing with their dogs, Archer and Dredd.

The dogs and their handlers’ skills have been put to the test against other police handlers and dogs from across the country.

They have been judged by a panel of experts on their tracking, searching, obedience and criminal work.

PD Archer has had some busy shifts. Last month he found a large quantity of drugs that had been hidden in a bush in Coventry.

He also has a history of tracking down burglars, finding firearms and even car keys hidden in forests.




He also has a little brother to entertain as training police puppy Axel has recently joined the family.

Archer and PC Henry will show him how it’s done before Archer puts up his four paws.


PD Dredd who took part in last year’s national trials will be back again for a second year along with his handler PC Loi.

Sadly, Dredd lost his dad PD Justice in February, but his memory lives on in Dredd.

The force’s Chief Constable, Craig Guildford also attended the trails to support the officers and dogs and for the official handover for next year’s dog trials which will be hosted in Birmingham.

Operations Chief Inspector Dan Lowe said: “Our police officers and their dogs are an integral part to policing and we couldn’t do this job without them.

“We can’t wait to see PCs Henry and Loi and PDs Archer and Dredd in action, they do such a great job every day and are already winners in our eyes.”

 

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