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Commissioner Cressida Dick welcomes Met's new police dogs

Posted 4 June 2019 · Add Comment

Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Cressida Rose Dick CBE QPM, last week welcomed a litter of puppies who were officially ‘passing out’ as fully fledged police dogs.

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German Shepherds Barney, Rufus, Ludo, Riggs, Max and their sister Freya were born at the Met Police Dog Training Establishment, Keston in 2017, to their parents who are also serving police dogs.

Their litter was named the ‘Palmer Litter’ in memory of PC Keith Palmer, who was murdered during the Westminster terror attack. Barney, Rufus, Ludo, Riggs, Max and Freya’s names were all chosen by PC Palmer’s family.

The dogs joined their handlers PC’s Gareth Head, Stu Field, David Perkins, Steven Douglas, Justin Wiseman and Bridget Tottman-Shaw last Thursday to demonstrate the skills they have learnt during their training which began when they were about seven-weeks old.

After receiving their police dog licence from the Met Commissioner, they will officially hit the streets of London this month. As general purpose police dogs they will spend most of their days tracking human scent, helping to find suspects of crime and locating weapons – like guns and knives.

They join over 200 operational police dogs already attached to the Met Operations TaskForce. About half are German Shepherds or Belgium Malinios working as general purpose police dogs, with others specially trained to support armed operations and public order policing.

The Met also has nearly 100 English Springer Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels and Sprockers who work as specialist dogs, finding forensic evidence including drugs and money.

All Met police dogs live at home with their police officer handlers and their families. This litter like all German Shepherds is expected to retire at about eight-years old.

Commissioner Cressida Dick (above), said: “It was an absolute pleasure to watch these exceptionally well trained and skilled dogs officially join the Met family as fully fledged police dogs.

“Every single day, all over London, police dogs are protecting people, helping to arrest suspects, finding weapons and securing vital evidence against violent offenders.

“Most of their amazing work gets very little public acclaim and we must never forget the extraordinarily important part they and their capable and courageous handlers play in keeping us all safe.”


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