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Police Dog Rudi

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Books relating to Police Dogs

This has been reproduced by kind courtesy of the Mansfield Chad Newspaper

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Police Officer fined for cruelty to his Police Dog

Civillian Working Dog Trials
Myself with Police Dog Rudi at Regional Police Dog Trials

Pc Mark Edgar, Dorset Police, was recently fined £255 at the local Magistrates Court after admitting causing uneccessary suffering to his Police Dog 'Hax' by hanging it by its lead when forcing it over a 5' obstacle in training.

Pc Edgar is no longer a handler.

Whilst I do not defend or condone this Officers actions, I have always found this exercise, used at both Police Dog Trials and Civillian Working Trials, to serve no purpose. Numerous injuries have been caused to dogs, even when trained properly. Dislocated shoulders etc. There has always been call to replace this with the 'A' frame, more commonly seen at Dog Agility Events.

For further information please see article Daily Mail 10 November 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Cheshire Police, Border Collie puppy in training

Would like to follow the training of a 'new' Border Collie puppy through its training?

This follows a request from the Cheshire Police which I am happy to oblige.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Badge on my Collar 11

I am proud to be included in the new book by the American author Marilyn Jeffers Walton and now having received a signed copy I can more than recommend it as an excellent read for all dog lovers.
ISBN:978-1-4389-9511-3 (sc)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A history of Leicester/shire Police Dogs

With thanks to Dave Simpson (once again)

The dogs and handlers that are listed, date from 1944 to 1982.
The details were provided by several members of the Dog Section who are now retired.
A question mark shows where a dog’s name is not remembered.
Harry Clements. ? (1943)
Tony Wain. Boots. (Lab)
Ron Wass. Rusty 1.
Barrie Swain. Rusty 2. Alex. Shane.
Dave Simpson. Rusty 1. Copper. Buck. Prince.
Ben Farrar. Mayne. Luke. Ross. ?
Alan Jackson. Rowan.
Alan Morris. Alexander. Blue.
Keith Welsh. Major. Hanz.
Don Moore. Monty. Rebel.
Dave Warsop. Steel. Ringo. Max.
Doug Stuart. Kim. Fergus.
Jim Cattermole. Alexander.
Barrie Fisher. Rickey. Duke. Lance.
Dave Ralph. King. Ace.
John Spencer. Jason.

Dennis Hills. Monty. Juno.
Brian Elliot. Jake. (unable to name his 1st dog)
Derek Johnstone. Tammy. Sabre.
Roy Burditt. Santa, Jet.
Andy Bains. Kelly. ?
Bill Prothero. Shane.
Mike Hurrell. Cobber. Bryn.
Fred Powell. Sandy. Rinty.
Tony Kelly. Bosun. Glen.
John Mawson. ?

Rod Ashby. Baron.
Ron Batchelor. Blitz.
Bruce Seymour. Troy. Tan.
Bill Wallace. ?
Harry Bartlett. Chance.
Brian Bradford. Baron.
Steve Barsby. ?
Colin Reynolds. ?
Alan Doores. Nicky & Deno.
John Lovett. ?
John Alexander. Boris.
John Pester. Blue. Jake.
Lee George. Bulla. ?
Steve Jeffrey. Bruno. Blue.
Bob Talbot. Ross. Boris. Rocky.
Barrie Ashton. Kaz. Jet (Lab)
Alan Walton. Fred.
Haydon Adams. Rebel. Sam. (Lab)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Case against Nottinghamshire Police Dog Handler

The case of police dog handler, Mark Johnson, accused of allegedly leaving two of his German Shepherds to die in the back of his car his car, was today adjourned until November.
He did not appear at a hearing at Nottingham Magistrates' Court this afternoon, having been declared unfit to attend.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Palestine Police history, thanks to Tony Moore

A series of Palestine pictures which shows all the different departments of the Palestine Police. Shown are the Mounted Branch, Camel Corps, Port & Marine, Dog Section, CID, Armoured Mobile Force, British Section, Palestine Section (comprised of both Jewish & Arabs) and goodness knows what else. They are shown on parade at the Mt. Scopus Depot. The pictures were taken around 1943.

At the end of the British Mandate (May 1948) the Police Force was evacuated out, just prior to them leaving the remaining handlers had to shoot all the dogs that were left.

Picture below shows British Inspector Jack Ritchie, British Sgt Bill Warner & British Sgt Bill Cumming. Bill Warner was the first OC of the Kenya Dog Section in 1948, Bill Cumming succeeded him in 1962. Warner, Cumming and another handler Angus Montgomery went to Nairobi in late 1948 and established the Kenya Police Dog Section. They were joined by another Palestine Police handler Donald Fraser in 1953.

More from Tony Moore

Palestine Police

Circa 1938

With thanks to Tony Moore

Monday, September 14, 2009

Remember David Houldsworth

Dave Houldsworth now living the 'good life' in California.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Court appearance

The Nottinghamshire Police Dog Handler accused of causing the death of his two Police Dogs was unfit to attend Nottingham Magistrates Court today and his case was adjourned until October.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Reunion of the North East Dog Handlers

From Alan Pickles, Ex-Bradford City and West Yorkshire.

The third reunion of the North East Dog Handlers is due to take place on the 10th of October 2009 at 7.30pm at The Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Wetherby. Meals and overnight accomodation can be booked by contacting Maurice Hunt, (ex South Yorkshire) on 01302- 846951. There was an attendance last year of about 30 men from South, West and North Yorks with Humberside, Durham and Northumberland also in attendance.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Badge on my collar 11

Soon to be published, watch this space.
Another excellent book by Marilyn Walton.
Recognise the Police Dog?

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Over to you Nottinghamshire

In the light of the recent incident another Force has taken the initiative to bring about some good news.
Police dogs are being retired on their own "pensions" and "health plans" by the Cambridgeshire force, they are paying for the food, vet bills and kennelling costs during an animal's retirement.

According to figures, Nottinghamshire Police were underspent in the last financial year.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Not so isolated

This is how serious they take vehicle interior temperature in the USA

Also, from the following report it can be seen that these incidents involving Police Dogs do happen elsewhere see

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Death of Police Dogs

A Notts police officer whose dogs died in last month's heatwave is to face legal action and has been suspended by the force.
The German Shepherds died after allegedly being left in the handler's car at Notts Police's headquarters in Arnold on June 30.
An RSPCA spokesperson said: "The RSPCA can confirm that following the deaths of two police dogs in Nottinghamshire on 30 June, legal proceedings will be brought against a Nottinghamshire police officer for causing unnecessary suffering to the two animals."

Thursday, July 02, 2009

2 Police Dogs die in hot car

An investigation has been launched after two Police Dogs died in the handlers own vehicle whilst he was visiting Headquarters last Tuesday afternoon, 30 June 2009.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Dog trials

Part of the introduction to my book 'With Courage and Trust' was the dedication to my wife, Diane, who has suffered years of dogging by my side, be it in rain, wind, hail or snow. (translated to mean standing by my side at Working Trials etc)However I have since learned that 'dogging' is now something completely different and this was pointed out to me by a young man in my office, who had purchased my book. It has particular reference to Thieves Wood and is described as:(the Internet translation)Dogging is a predominantly British activity that involves outdoor exhibitionism in car-parks, wooded areas and the like. The term dogging originated in the early Seventies to describe men who spied on couples having sex outdoors. These men would 'dog' the couples' every move in an effort to watch them. When the swinging scene discovered that open-air sex has its own special thrill they began meeting in car-parks, and the doggers found a new and rich supply of voyeuristic fun. Moreover, the doggers soon realised that these couples were actively encouraging them to watch, even performing for them, and sometimes allowing them to join in.
We certainly had no connection! embarrassed or what?

Saturday, May 02, 2009

National Police Dog Trials 2009

Nottinghamshire Police Dog handler PC Dave Buckley, pictured with his police dog Chas, scored 911 points out of 1,000 to win the competition at Leeds Castle in Kent.

The trials were held between 23 and 26 April 2009 at the prestigious Leeds Castle in Kent, former home of King Henry VIII.

27 dogs and handlers from 23 forces first had to compete at local and regional events to qualify for the right to enter.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Palestine Police Dog Section circa 1938

A couple of pictures circa 1938 of the Palestine Police Dog Section, taken at the Mt. Scopus Depot.

Supplied and published with the kind permission of Tony Moore

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Bob Collins with Britta outside Guildford Cathedral.

Bob Collins, who has made leather equipment for police dogs at his workshop in Recreation Road since 1938, was given a chief constable’s commendation at a recent ceremony for his work.
“This is the only job I have ever had, it is a family trade. I still do 10 hours days, but it is a privilege to work for the police,” said Mr Collins.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Some 'standout'

An excellent cartoon by Dave Ellis (ex-donkey walloper)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pc John Wharvell

Notts dog handlers

Barney Flak and Jay

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Credit crunch

It has hit America, how long before it hits us.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Notts dog handlers

Top left Barney and PD Flak. Top right Dave Smith and John Wharvell

Bottom Joe Lloyd

With thanks to Brian 'Barney' Hagen

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Leicestershire Police Dog Section

Informal photo Leics Police Dog Section 1982. Some handlers missing due to shifts etc.

Thanks for another from Dave Simpson.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Police Dog Trials 1960

Thanks again to Dave Simpson for this one,