Dog section gets some paw-some new recruits

Dog section gets some paw-some new recruits

Dog section gets some paw-some new recruits

Four new dogs and their handlers have been welcomed into Humberside Police’s dog section after training for 13 weeks in the Scunthorpe area.

All four handlers are experienced officers from across the Force who are enthusiastic to begin working alongside their new partners.

The four-legged recruits are all ‘general purpose’ dogs, primarily used for: searching and tracking down suspects and missing people, locating objects involved in criminal incidents, detaining suspects, disarming suspects carrying weapons and public order situations such as crowd control. They are also often used to support community officers.

PC Mick Tune joins the team with PD Quinta, an almost three-year-old Belgian Malinois, and said: “When I suffered an injury to a tendon in my knee earlier this year which disrupted our training, Quinta is what got me through it because of the strong bond we’d built and my determination to get back to work to start going on jobs together.”

PC Kirk Pickering has moved into his dream job within the dog section with PD Roos and said: “Roos is an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois.

“We’ve already had some success, especially when it comes to tracking people down. Recently, Roos managed to apprehend two people in some woodland in Scunthorpe, suspected of a local motorbike theft.

“My message to those suspected of being involved in crime is: you can try outrun her, but you won’t. She’s extremely fast and for a young dog, she’s already proven what an asset she is.”

PC Rob James joins 18-month-old Belgian Malinois German Shepherd cross, Turbo, helping with calls for service from across the Force Area.

He said: “We’ve been working on live incidents for around a month now and have already got to attend firearms jobs, public disorders and track suspects carrying weapons.”

Finally, PC Andy Reid has always wanted to join the dog section, having previously served almost 4-years in Scunthorpe Patrol. His dog, Chevy, is the youngest within the team at 16-months-old and is a Belgian Malinois.

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