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Police Dog Rudi

Police Dog Rudi
Ready for action

Friday, December 30, 2011

Oldham Borough Police Dog Section

Please log on to the following for a 1950's video look into Oldham Borough Police Dog Section.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Leicestershire Police - Mike Hurrell

Above is Pc Beanie Moeller with Police Dog Simon (Originally a Nottinghamshire Police Dog Handler who then transferred to Staffordshire)

These photographs produced with the kind permission of retired Police Dog Section Inspector Mike Hurrell who competed in the National police Dog Trials of 1968 and 1972 (Preston, Police Dog Cobber Reserve Champion)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pc Diederik Coetzee Nottinghamshire Police

25 November 2011

Originally from Johannesburg, Mr Coetzee joined Notts Police in 1999 after working as a dog handler for the South African city's police force.

Mansfield South beat officer PC Diederik Coetzee, aged 54, is in a critical but stable condition at King’s Mill Hospital following the collision in Blidworth Lane at about 6pm.

He was cycling towards Blidworth when a vehicle struck him from behind. The motorist failed to stop following the collision.
Debris from the scene indicates the vehicle may be metallic dark grey in colour with front-end damage to the bumper, grill and at least one of the lights.
The Force’s Crash Investigation Team is trawling through CCTV footage from the surrounding area and local beat teams are making further enquiries.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Ged Hazelwood said: “Blidworth Lane is a poorly illuminated thorough-way but the collision happened during rush hour, when many people were headed home from work.

“PC Coetzee was wearing a high-visibility vest and had his bike lights turned on.

“Did you see what happened? Have you seen a grey car with damage to its front-end? Anyone with any information should contact us.”

Local garages and car repairers are also being urged to be vigilant for a vehicle matching the above description.

Deputy Chief Constable Chris Eyre said: “Local officers are providing support and regular updates to PC Coetzee and his family at this very difficult time. Our thoughts and best wishes are with them.”

Witnesses or anyone with information about the outstanding vehicle are being urged to contact the Crash Investigation team on 101 extension 800 2225 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

Known locally as "Robocop' Pc Coetzee has an outstanding arrest record.
I, personally, wish him a speedy recovery and hope the offender is quickly brought to justice.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Request for photograph/s Staffordshire Police Dog Section

I have received a request for any photographs from the 1960's showing the Staffordshire Police Dog Training School, in particular Sgt Howells with Police Dog Larry.
Can anyone please oblige?
See my contact details, left-hand column.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dan Wallace (Dan the Man)

Dan from 1983

The article below has been produced on this site with the kind permission of the Mansfield Chad, reporter Nick Brimacombe

HILDA Wallace knows more than most about the debilitating affects of
Alzheimer's Disease after her husband battled the illness for 12 years.
Dan Wallace, a father and former dog handler for 30 years with
Nottinghamshire Police, lost his fight for life on 29th January - his
wife's birthday.
Since her husband's passing, Hilda and others have continued to raise
money for the Alzheimer's Society and former Chad charity Central Notts
MIND to help raise their profiles and keep the services going.
This week, a new minibus was donated to MIND through the generous
fundraising efforts and officially named after Dan Wallace who also
worked as volunteer bus driver for MIND during his retirement.
"We are honoured as a family that MIND has chosen to dedicate the new
bus that they have just required through donations and fundraising to
Dan by officially naming it Dan the Man," said Hilda.
"Alzheimer's Disease is very individual in how it affects each person,
it is more than just memory loss, it causes total and irrevocable
personality changes."
Dan was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease aged 62 and was
looked after by Hilda with help from staff at MIND, New Outlook and
Mansfield's Alzheimer's Society branch.
"Both MIND and the Alzheimer's Society rely on public generosity through
donations and fundraising," added Hilda.
"Recent cuts in services means that these charities have to work harder
at fundraising so that more local people can be helped."
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link to chad

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Police Dogs in Leicestershire 1965

PD 'Copper' on the scale and retired PD 'Rusty' D.Simpson Leicester City Police

Dave Simpson, on the right circa 1965. He has supplied this photograph with a request that no one laughs.
What makes him think anyone would?

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Police Dog Trial 1925

I only wish it had sound

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Police Dog history

I would really welcome comments through my 'Guestbook'

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Police Dogs Hull City

Police Dogs Hull City circa 1950's

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Police Constable Roy Bertram Burditt

Retired Police Constable Roy Bertram Burditt who was long serving dog handler in the Leicestershire Constabulary has sadly died (19.08.2011)

Roy would have been known by dog handlers outside of Leicestershire for his many appearances at Regional Police Dog Trials.

His first dog was Simba

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Highlighted comment - Tom Benson

Taken from a 'Comment'

I think you should know who was the first ever police dog trainer, he is my uncle Tom Benson, he was called up to the RAF and had trained his dogs he offered them o the RAF but they didn't want them, he then went to the police who not only took the dogs but him aswell. He trained many dogs and men. I am and always will be his proud niece.

(Can anyone supply further details please?)

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Police Dog Training book

The following request has been made through this blog:-
Hi. I am looking for the name of a book on dog training I read a long time ago; by one of the first police dog handlers in the UK.
I am afraid I do not remember the title of the book or the gentleman's name, all I remember of it is that one of his
dogs was name 'Cookie'
Can anyone possibly help ?

Friday, August 05, 2011

Nottinghamshire Police Dog Section show winner

HQ/05082011/34 PRESS RELEASE


Friday 5 August 2011

Mij the sniffer dog is now the most decorated member of the Nottinghamshire Police dog squad after taking home six rosettes at a dog show last weekend (30 to 31 July 2011).

The Springer Spaniel attended the Ged Walker Memorial Dog Show, held at West Park in Long Eaton.

His handler PC Stuart Hazard said: “We already knew Mij was a special dog with some very special skills, but it was great to be able to show him off, as well as raise money for a cause that resonated so keenly with us within the dog section.

“He’s got more decorations than all of us put together now!”

The dog show has been staged for the past nine years in tribute to PC Ged Walker, a Nottinghamshire Police dog handler who died in the line of duty on 9 January 2003 after being fatally injured by a stolen taxi in Bulwell. He died in hospital two days later of serious head injuries.

In December 2003, 26-year-old David Parfitt was convicted of PC Walker’s manslaughter and was sentenced to thirteen years in prison.

Six-year-old Mij, a Specialist Search Dog trained in the detection and the location of narcotics, firearms, and component parts of firearms and ammunition, was proudly led out into the arena for each class by his best friend Robson, the eight-year-old son of PC Hazard.

The pair received rosettes in the following categories: Best Gun Dog, Best Condition, Agility, Junior Handler, Best Six Legs, The Dog the Judge Would Most Like to Take Home and the Waggiest Tail.

Dog handler PC Andy Pickersgill’s daughter Daisy, 11, also won a Junior Handler rosette with seven-year-old operational and firearm support German Shepherd, Blade.

PC Hazard with Mij and PC Pickersgill with Blade also gave the four hundred attendees a demonstration of the dogs’ skills in searching out drugs and weapons, and capturing fleeing offenders

Organiser Jan Wesley, from The Old Park Farm Dog Training School based in Bilborough, said: “The Notts Police dog section always put on a good show for us, but the added novelty of the kids with the two dogs entering the competitions made it a little bit special this year.

“They loved it. They both had lovely smiles on their faces and were very excited before each class. Considering some of the classes had 30 to 40 entrants they did exceptionally well.

“I think we have recruited two more dog lovers and I fully expect them to be at next year’s show.”

In attendance at this year’s show was PC Walker’s wife Tracy, who took home her own rosette in the gun dog category with Cocker Spaniel Tilly.

More than £1,000 was raised during the show, with proceeds split between the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) Foundation, and military charity Help for Heroes.

The mother and sisters of Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, were also at the show. Twenty-six-year-old LCpl Tasker was killed in Afghanistan on 1 March 2011. His sniffer dog Theo died of a seizure shortly after.

The parents of Lance Corporal Kenneth Rowe were also in attendance. The 24-year-old dog handler, with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was killed in Afghanistan on 24 July 2008 alongside his ammunitions and explosives sniffer dog Sasha.


Supplementary to this release is a photo of Robson Hazard, Mij and PC Stuart Hazard at Ged Walker’s Memorial Bench, which is situated outside the Dogs Section at Nottinghamshire Police Headquarters in Arnold.

Mij’s performance in each class is detailed below:

  • First place in the Dog the Judge Would Most Like to Take Home class
  • Second place in the Junior Handler class
  • Third place in the Waggiest Tail class
  • Fourth place in the Best Condition class
  • Fifth place in the Best Gun Dog class.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Nottinghamshire Dog handlers 1967

See the following video featuring Pc's Brian George and Geoff Tindall

Monday, July 04, 2011

3 Nottinghamshire Police Dog Section Officers being investigated

3 Nottinghamshire Police Dog Section Officers are subject of an internal investigation. 2 of which have been suspended and the 3rd has been transferred to other duties.
This has been subject to 'press' coverage and it has been stated that there has been no allegation of cruelty etc towards the animals under their charge.
The precise nature of the investigation has not been disclosed.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Two more Police Dogs die.

And yet another two Police Dogs die, having been left in an unventilated private vehicle.
This incident, reported to have been at the Metropolitan Police Dog Training Centre, Keston will be seemingly undefendable after a similar incident in Nottinghamshire. Heavily reported, all dog handlers whether Police or not will be aware of the consequences of leaving dogs in cars unattended.

It has been reported that the officer, Sergeant Ian Craven, one of the country's most experienced dog trainers, slashed his wrists when he learnt of their deaths.

Read more:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011




Monday 23 May 2011

A golden Labrador who was left to die in an abandoned building has been commended for helping to keep the streets of Nottinghamshire safe.

Six-year-old Monty and his handler PC Rob Cooke were awarded the Terry Ball Award at the annual Labrador Rescue Ball last month.

The award is given every year to a neglected or abused Labrador who deserves special recognition for their achievements following a particularly difficult start to life.

Monty has been helping to police the county since he was rescued in 2007 when he was found starving to death at a deserted pub.

He’d been there for up to three weeks and had survived by drinking water from a toilet.

He was given a home at the East Midlands Labrador Rescue, where his carers recognised a potential in him to become a crime-fighting police dog.

PC Steve Abbott, a Home Office and ACPO accredited police dog instructor, helped guide Monty through the eight-week training process.

He said: “He certainly had lots issues when he first came to us. He was frightened to be in confined spaces and didn’t trust anyone. But I took the time to show him lots of love, sit with him and make sure he knew he was safe.

“I took him for long walks and I saw that he had a great natural ability and had the potential to do really well – he just needed to get his confidence back again.”

But training was not plain sailing for Monty.

PC Abbott continued: “He was just not getting it at first. But he had such a bad start to life, I was determined he was going to make it.



“So I put in extra time with him and pretty soon, he was not only getting it, he was one of the best we had.”

Monty is able to easily locate a variety of weapons and illegal substances, including heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and cannabis.

Within days of his new job, he had discovered several thousands of pounds worth of cocaine, and his latest find was £3,000 worth of cannabis at a house in Worksop.

Monty lives with his handler PC Cooke and is treated like a member of the family.

PC Cooke said: “He’s spoiled at home and gets lots of love and attention. But he lives to work – that’s what he loves doing the most.

“He’s a loveable rogue and I would not swap him for any other dog in the world. He is a bit boisterous, but if you give him a task, he does it perfectly.

“I am extremely honoured and proud to receive this award, not for me but for Monty because of where he came from and where he is now.”

Sgt Donna Busuttil, from the dog section, said: “The work Steve and Rob have done with Monty cannot be underestimated.

“They make an excellent team and Monty is one of the best working dogs we have ever had in this department.

“We are extremely proud of what they have achieved and undoubtedly make a significant contribution to keeping the streets of Nottinghamshire safe.”


My thanks to the Nottinghamshire Police for this Press release

Friday, April 29, 2011

National Police Dog Trials 2011 - winner

First place to Sergeant Paul Glennon (Devon and Cornwall) with his dog 'Spud'.

Second place was Pc Dave Gough (Nottinghamshire) with Police Dog 'Beano'

Third place was Pc Steve Ritchie (Tayside) with Police Dog 'Amstel'

Representatives from Suffolk Constabulary have presented three local charities with £5,000 each, following successful fundraising at the National Police Dog Trials 2011.

I am continually trying to obtain detailed results including contacting Suffolk Police. I will post any reply.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bradford City Police Dogs 1961-1974

Pc Heywood with new Police Dog 'Sabre'

HMI's (Sir Stanley Peck) Inspection 1967. Pc Wiltshire and 'Duke', Pc Heywood and 'Shane', Pc S Wilson and 'Rinty'

Pc 465 Wakefield and 'Rex' Pc 386 Exley and 'Nero'

Pc 278 Wilson and 'Doby' Pc 302 Davis and 'Kim'

Extracts and photographs kindly supplied by Alan Pickles.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

National Police Dog Trials 2011

National Police Dog Trials 2011
April 15th – 17th 2011
Trinity Park, Ipswich
Public opening times: Saturday 16th April – 10am-6pm
Sunday 17th April – 10am-6pm
Admission: Free
Sponsored by Royal Canin


Suffolk Constabulary is hosting the 2011 National Police Dog Trials.

2011 will see the trials being hosted in the Eastern Region for the first time in its 51-year history.

The trials will see the country’s most highly skilled and experienced dog handlers and dogs from police forces across the UK competing for the overall title of ‘National Police Dog Champion'.

Competitors qualify for the competition after progressing through regional trials, which take place in March. The three-day national trials put competitors through tough exercises, which test a wide range of abilities that are used on a daily basis in helping to tackle crime.

Timetable of events

Saturday 16th April

10am - 11.15am - Competing Police Dogs

11.15am - 11.45am - The Essex Dog Display Team

11.45am - 12.15pm - Display by Suffolk Constabulary’s Drugs Detection Dogs

12.15pm - 1.45pm - Competing Police Dogs

1.45pm - 2.15pm - Display by the Three Counties Newfoundlands

2.15pm - 2.45pm - A talk, demonstration and Q&A session on dog obedience and safety by expert Rex Makensom of 'Paws Obedience

2.45pm - 5pm - Competing Police Dogs

Sunday 17th April

10am - 11.15am - Competing Police Dogs

11.15am - 11.45am - The Essex Dog Display Team

11.45am - 12.15pm - A talk, demonstration and Q&A session on dog obedience and safety by expert Rex Makensom of 'Paws Obedience

12.15pm - 1.45pm - Competing Police Dogs

1.45pm - 2.15pm - Display by the Three Counties Newfoundlands

2.15pm - 2.45pm - Display by Suffolk Constabulary’s Drugs Detection Dogs

2.45pm - 4.15pm - Competing Police Dogs

4.15pm - Awards presentation for the winners of the ‘Police Dogs at Work’ Schools Competition

5pm - National Police Dog Trials Awards Presentation

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Notts Police Dog display

A photo from the 70's

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Police Dependants Trust

Having received this I feel obliged to pass it on.