Publishers address

Scarthin Books, The Promenade, Scarthin, Cromford, Derbyshire, England DE4 3QF

Police Dog Rudi

Police Dog Rudi
Ready for action

Friday, December 24, 2010

Police Dog Display 1990

Taken at the 1990 Police open day at Epperstone
attended by Princess Anne to celebrate Nottinghamshire Police 150th anniversary

Batman theme

Friday, December 17, 2010

Anthony 'Skip' Horsley

'Skip', a retired Derbyshire Police Dog Handler died recently. It was a pleasure to have known and trained with him.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Calendar 2011

Once again Sheila Maw and the Retired Lancashire Police Dog Benevolent Fund have produced an excellent calendar for 2011.
She can be contacted at the following address 'Mrs S Maw, Lower Clerk Hill, Whalley, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9DR' tel. no. 01254 823136 for those of you wishing to purchase.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thoresby Hall Memorial Police Dog Trial 2010

In the memory of Pc Ged Walker.
Please see following Utube connection

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sherwood Forest Dog Trial

You are invited to the Annual Sherwood Forest Dog Trial to commemorate Pc Ged Walker who died as a result of injuries he received on duty in Jan 2003 it is to be held at Thoresby Hall on Sunday 26 Sept starting at 9am. As well as officers & dogs from Nottinghamshire Police a number of competitors will also be attending from neighbouring Forces, the Underwater Search Unit will be there with their new boat along with officers from the Firearms Training Unit who will be giving demonstrations the Police Mounted Section will also be in attendance

Admission is free & it should be a great day out

Monday, September 13, 2010

Pc Barrie Hewison - Met

PC Barrie Hewison and his third Police dog Nero 5 Served in the Met from 1958 until 1987, most of his service was spent in the Dog section.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Retired Pc 1041 Hughie Keen

It is with sadness that I have heard of the recent death of a former colleague of the Notts Police Dog Section, Hughie Keen.
Hughie began his career at Beeston, Nottingham Traffic Wing and then the Police Dog Section, latterly with his dog Kip, attached to the Drug Squad. He died 2nd September aged 71 years at his home in Portugal.
A great character!
My condolences and those from the Forum go to his wife Linda and the family.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Nottinghamshire Police Dog Course at the Guide Dog School, Leamington Spa

Visit to the R.N.I.B training centre Leamington Spa Circa 197?
Dave Houldsworth with dog, Steve Cree, Fred Lowe and a Handler from Norfolk.
Thanks for this from Tony Barnett.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Metropolitan Police Dog Section - Pc Bert Sayers

Newspaper cutting dated 17 September 1954 "PC "Buster" joins Finchley Police.
A new arrival to take up his duties at Finchley police stations is freshly trained, keen as mustard on police work - and answers to the name of "Buster". But he will only respond to one man who knows him very well, because "Buster" is a young golden-brown Alsatian, and the only person he takes orders from is PC Albert Sayers, his handler. They both came from Hendon this week and will work together tackling crime in Finchley.
They were well known locally as they of course were on foot in those days!

The other three were taken at Keston for The Daily Sketch, possibly early 1970's

Comment from and published with the kind permission of his daughter Nuala
After the "Babes in the Wood" case, my Father trained the Met's human remains dogs (called body dogs then!), I came home from school and found pig carcasses in the garage, I even helped him bury a few of them. Also helped him train the dogs to find gun's etc. No one can say my childhood was boring! My Dad trained the dogs that found the bodies (including President Sedat's brother) after the October wars.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Nottinghamshire Police pups need homing

Nottinghamshire Police’s Dog Section is looking for loving homes for five puppies from the force’s in-house dog breeding programme.

They come from the sixth litter to be produced by the scheme, which was set up in 2006 to reduce the cost of the force having to purchase dogs from specialist breeders.

The pups are pedigree German Shepherds from working line European imported stock.

PC Geoff Tordoff said: "Because of the success of the breeding programme, we can’t keep every dog that is born.
Each puppy, all bitches, will cost £500, but they will all be Kennel Club registered and will have had their first inoculations.

Anyone who thinks they can give the puppies a home should contact Nottinghamshire Police Press Office on 0300 300 9999 ext 800 2080.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Electric training collars

I see that the ban has now been passed in Wales. Another knee jerk reaction by politicians without a proper study, No doubt more dogs will now be destroyed!
I just hope that the rest of the UK sees sense.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Banning the use of the 'electric collar' as a training aid.

I sometimes despair at those who are against the use of the electric collar as a training aid.
I am totally against its 'ban' which is currently being voted upon by politicians in Wales.
In short, I question those who can allegedly totally cure a dog from the ingrained habit of fighting, biting or chasing using 'happy methods', clickers etc etc. It is hard to stop aggression especially if the dog already has a history.
Not everyone can afford the sometimes costly and time consuming professional assistance and invariably the problem dog is taken to the Veterinary for the final cure.
The use of any aid which is quick, effective and prevents possible injuries and death to both human or other animals, surely has its place!
I have seen evidence of most training methods and, in my opinion, the electric collar is an excellant aid if used correctly and as a last resort. I am aware of a number of dogs that are happy, friendly and a pleasure to be with in the company of people, but until a collar was used the owners were at their wits end due to the propensity to fight and attack other dogs. These dogs are still alive and now well behaved, be it in fear or not.
It should not be banned.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Police dog stories and Police career in the USA

Please use this link for a website on Police albeit in the USA but it does include a story about a UK Police Dog Handler in Nottinghamshire!! with a link from

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pc Mark Johnson update

Pc Mark Johnson whose dogs died after being left in a car for seven hours in a heatwave had 'forgotten' about them, Nottingham Magistrates heard today.
The prosecution allege that he failed in his responsibility towards the Police Dogs in his care, which led to their sufferring and death.
The Court heard that at the time of this incident Pc Johnson was sufferring from depression and an obssessive disorder.
PC Johnson arrived at work at 6.44am on June 30, 2009, and returned to his dogs at 2.20pm the same day. His car's windows closed and there was no water for the dogs.
Pc Johnson had failed to adopt his normal routine in removing his dogs to a more suitable environment and had forgotten about them.

'Guilty', 6 months conditional discharge and £2,500 costs

I will make no further comment.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Police Dog Training

A training course where I sprouted ears!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Police Dog History

Top shelf, rock bottom price of £2.99 at Tesco's

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Nottinghamshire Police Dog dies just days after a Judges praise

A Nottinghamshire Police dog has died just days after being praised by a judge for tracking down a burglar.

Troy and PC Lambert tracked burglar Alan Willetts for two hours as they followed a trail of clothing and discarded property from a burglary in Sutton-in-Ashfield.
The 5 year old dog died from a spleen condition and a tumour on the heart

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Police Dog Blogs

Cambridgeshire Police puppy blog

This has been attacked as a waste of money and Police time, being purely a PR exercise. I believe anything that encourages community enagement should be used and is of value, especially in the face of bad publicity which always makes headlines.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ex-Pc 853 Dan Wallace, Nottinghamshire Police Dog Section

It is with some sadness, for those who knew Dan, I have to inform you that he died yesterday. His funeral arrangements will be notified by Notts NARPO or for those who wish, can contact me via my e-mail address.
RIP friend and colleague.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Security dog handler jailed for allowing a dog to die of heatstroke

Having read the recent article in the Daily Mail regarding the Security Dog Handler whose two dogs died in very similar circumstance as those in Nottinghamshire, I wonder if this has set a precedent? The Court case against Pc Johnson is set to be heard in February.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Offence against a Police Dog

It is nice to see that in Sonora California a specific offence is on their statute, whilst in the UK offenders were charged (as far as my memory goes) with Cruelty or 'criminal damage'(would you believe)

Chapter 9.38
Sections :
9.38.010 Unlawful.
9.38.01 0 Unlawful.
It is unlawful for any person to maliciously torture, tease,
torment, beat, kick, strike, mutilate, injure, disable, or kill any
dog used by the city police department, or in the custody of
said department or its designated handler(s), while any such dog
is in the performance of its functions or duties of the police
department, or to wilfully interfere with any such dog while it
is being used in the performance of any of the functions or
duties of the department. (Ord. 556, 198 1 .)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Early Police Dog Patrol vehicle

With courtesy of John Barrett (Doggy Tails from East London)

Police Dog stories, 'Doggy Tails from the East London'

I am looking forward to reading a copy.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Police Dog Stories and CoPS

This is an extract from an e-mail I have received, I fully support the charity mentioned and hopefully I will be able to publish, with consent more details, including contacts, for this book and 'Care of Police Survivors' charity.

'My name is John Barrett and I retired from the Metropolitan Police in 1982, I served as a Dog Handler in the East End of London.
A group of us have just published a paperback called "Doggy 'Tails' from East London".
It is made up of true stories between late 1950s and early 1982.
All stories are meant to bring a smile and in no way help in training dogs or how good we were as coppers,
All profit is going to COPS(Care of Police Survivors),it is priced at £4.99,

Original cartoons are by Jedd,'

Monday, January 11, 2010

Other Officers Surrey Police Dog Training

Sgt Harry Darbyshire and others Surrey Police circa 1951

With Courtesy once again from Tony More
Notice headgear denoting rank!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Dartford Police Dog Handler

In 1973 a Dartford policeman/doghandler helped me out. My girlfriend (Gracia) and I had a motorcycle accident coming into London on the A2?. He found me a job at the kennels and helped us out incredibly. I believe his name is Alec Giles. I also believe that his dog, King, won the Kent trials in 1974 or 75.
Is he still around? I believe his daughters should be about 56 and 49 yrs. old.
I just wanted to make contact and let them know we're doing well, a father...Grandfather...Art teacher/fisherman in Alaska.

As you can see I have had an e-mail from someone wishing to make contact. If anyone wishes to assist can they please e-mail me on my contact details.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Strathclyde Police Dogs

According to the BBC news, Strathclyde Police have said that from 2010 new shift patterns and better ways of working would allow it to cut the number of dogs and handlers by half. The officers affected will be able to redeploy to other areas of the force. They will also be offered the chance to keep their dogs.
Any surplus dogs will either be sold to the public or to other police forces throughout the UK.
I dare not publish my views and as for selling police dogs to the public, then I despair.