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Police Dog Rudi

Police Dog Rudi
Ready for action

Monday, July 24, 2017

A new addition to our family

Meet Monty our new 8 weeks old 'Cockapoo'. Different from the family of dogs we have had over the years and he will receive pure pet training. A great little character and thanks to the breeder Sarah Benson from Gainsborough for her help and advice.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

A sad state of affairs

I feel it is a sad state of affairs when the Nottinghamshire Police no longer have the number of General Purpose Police Dogs to police their own football matches, even a small club like Mansfield Town (Stags) and have to import dogs from Leicestershire. Once a great Dog Section, alas no more. My comment does not reflect on the standard of current Police Dogs or their handlers.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Demise of the Nottinghamshire Police Dog Section

In the words of Victor Meldrew I don't bloody well believe it.

From May 4th Notts Police Dog Section goes to 10 GP Handlers, 3 specialist handlers under the Emopss ( East Midlands Operational Support Service) structure jointly working with @lincspolicek999

Friday, November 21, 2014

Police Dog in pedal cycle sidecar

Origins unknown, although would appear Continental. Placed on the blog for novelty reasons.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Is this the demise of the Nottinghamshire Police Dog Section

I have been told that the number of operational Police Dogs is to be reduced to 8. If this is true then it is now surely the demise of a Section that supported 40 dogs and was a centre of excellence for 'training'. How can a service be provided?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ged Walker memorial dog show

 Ged Walker memorial dog show

Memorial dog show on 17th August West Park Long Eaton. Everyone welcome even if you do not have a dog. See the below website. (late notification)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

UK National Police Dog Trials

South Yorkshire Police has this year played host to the three-day national police dog trials, with Surrey Police coming first out of 21 competitors.
The trials, held at Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham, began on Thursday, 15 May, and concluded Saturday, 17 May.
Twenty-one police dog handlers and police dogs from all over the UK, including PC Neil Losada with police dog Ace and PC John Shaw with police dog Diesel from South Yorkshire Police, had made it through the regional trials and into the final, national trials.
Each handler and dog competed in three separate phases which form the national trials.
Harry Morton, South Yorkshire Police’s Dog Training Manager and organiser of this years trials, explained the different phases: “Phase one is tracking, which took place at Hoober Hall Farm, and allows the dog to track down and locate certain obejcts by using scent.
“Phase two is person search, this year taking place at the Wentworth Estate, where the dog, directly deployed by the handler, had to locate two people within the estate.
“The final phase, which is the only phase that the public were able to watch the handlers and dogs in action as the first two phases cannot have any distractions, took place at Wentworth Woodhouse and tests obedience and criminal work including chase and detain, agility, crowd control and chase and stand off.”
The winner of the 54th National Police Dog Trials was PC Paul Barnham and police dog Ethel from Surrey Police. In second place was PC Stephen Randall and police dog Nevis from Police Scotland and in third place was PC Nick Dalrymple and police dog Aden from Avon and Somerset.
Chief Constable David Crompton of South Yorkshire Police said: “I am delighted that the event was a success. Police dog patrol teams are a crucial part of any police force; they play a vital role in day-to-day frontline policing.

“Over the past three days we have witnessed some exceptional performances by the handlers and their police dogs, and I want to congratulate all the winners, it’s been an outstanding event.”
Harry Morton added: “It has been an honour for the Force to be able to host the National Police Dog Trials in South Yorkshire. This is the first time they have been held in the county and I am absolutely thrilled to have had the privilege to organise the event and would like to thank everyone involved; those participating, planning and attending, as everyone has helped in making it a success.”
- See more at:

National Police Dog Trials UK

42nd National Police Dog Trials 2002, Nottinghamshire

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Nottinghamshire Police Dog Section recruiting German Shepherds

The force is looking to recruit a number of German Shepherds under two-years-old to join the fight against crime.
The dogs, which can be male or female, will be assessed to check their suitability. If successful they may become an essential part of tracking down criminals and helping to detect crime.
If the donated dogs fail to pass the tests the force can return them to their owner or rehome them with a suitable family.
PC Leigh Whitehead said: "There may be members of the public who have a young German Shepherd who they would consider donating to us to train up as a police dog. If so, we would love to put them through their paces to see if they can become part of our team.
"All our dogs live with their dog handlers and build a bond like no other. If anyone would be kind enough to donate their young dogs to us, we will gladly take them and hopefully they can pass the test and help us catch criminals and make life better for everyone."
For more information contact PC Leigh Whitehead or Andy Pickersgill on 101.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Stanley Edwards Peck C.B.E., B.E.M., Q.P.M., D.L., O., St. J.

An Officer and a Gentleman, the founder of National Police Dog Trials and member of Nottinghamshire NARPO. A sad loss.

PECK Stanley Edwards C.B.E., B.E.M., Q.P.M., D.L., O., St. J., aged 98 years. Former Chief Constable of Staffordshire and one of H.M. Inspectors of Constabulary, Home Office, passed away peacefully on Friday, 24th January, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Yvonne (Jessop) and present Elizabeth (Beddows), much loved father of Jo, Angela, John, Tim, Charles and Jenny and his 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral service to be held at St. Mary's Church, Ickleton, Cambs, on Wednesday, 12th February, at 12.15pm. Family flowers only please but, if desired, donations made payable for Cancer Research UK to Peasgood and Skeates Funeral Directors, 45 Moorfield Road, Duxford, Cambridge. CB22 4PP.Tel: 01223 833463.Peasgood and Skeates
Published in Cambridge News from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Through to the Police National Dog Trials 1975

Thanks to Alan Pickles

This is a cutting from the "West Yorkshireman" News paper for May 1975. The group photo shows on either end, Colin Ogley, West Yorks sergeant and Pete Shingler, Leeds sergeant. The group in the centre are L to R. as viewed, Colin Thistlewood, Alan ? Claude ? and ? ? . 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

No 1 (North West Region) Police Dog Trials 1974

11th - 14th March
Thanks to Alan Pickles for these.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

No3 Region Police Dog Trials 1977

These photographs were taken between 14th &17th March at RAF Syerston.
Kindly supplied by retired Pc 'Chic' Fraser with his dog Rory.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Petition to protect Police Dogs on Duty

Police dogs should be recognised as serving members of the service so criminals face tougher punishments if they decide to attack the canines, a campaigner has said. 

Dave Hibbert, who set up the Retired West Midlands Police Dog Benevolent Fund, says offenders facing the minor charge of criminal damage for injuring police dogs is not good enough. 

If you agree please sign the following petition

Monday, January 06, 2014

No2 Police District Dog Handlers reunion 2008

Can anyone put names to those on the photographs from this reunion on 4 October 2008

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Colin Westwood

It is with regret that that I have been informed of the death of an old Dog Section Colleague, Colin (Strangler) Westwood.
The funeral is to be held at 10.30am Friday 13 December 2013 at Linby Parish Church, Nottinghamshire followed by cremation at Mansfield at 11.30am   

My condolences to his family.


Monday, November 04, 2013

Retired Nottinghamshire Police Dogs to be looked after in retirement.

Nottinghamshire police dogs are to be given their own pensions worth up to £1,500 each, which comes into play next month.The scheme is the first of its kind in the UK and will ensure the animals have medical bills paid for them after they retire which, in my opinion, has been long overdue. It is however limited to £500 per year for veterinary expenses for maximum of 3 years.
Nottinghamshire Police officers including those who work with the force's 26 dogs welcomed the move – saying they see the dogs as fellow cops.