|Left PC Tim Goodwin and Buzz. Right PC Lee Adamson and Vinnie|
To qualify both teams had to win through the Devon and Cornwall Police dog assessments and then the Regional Police dog assessments recently held in Gwent where they competed against the best Police dogs from Avon and Somerset, Gloucester, Wiltshire, Dorset, Gwent and South Wales.
Police dog assessments are held to assess the operational standards of Police dog teams. They assess a wide range of skills and abilities which include the ability to deal with a large violent crowd, apprehending violent and fleeing criminals, searching for vunerable missing persons, agility skills, obedience skills, tracking skills, searching for outstanding property and assessments of the dogs individual temperaments to make sure they are trustworthy and safe moving in amongst groups of innocent people.
Organising and running the week was hard work but it was well worth it to see two dogs from our puppy scheme performing at such a high standard.
Both Lee with Vinnie aged 6 and Tim with Buzz aged 4 are working their first operational dogs and should be congratulated for the hard work they have obviously put in to get to the exceptional standard that they have achieved. You do not get to this level without devoting a lot of time working and training your dog with a large majority of it in your off duty time.
What really impressed me was the fantastic bond both handlers have with their dogs and for me it was a pleasure to see 2 dogs who clearly adore their handlers.
I have included some pictures of the week.
|Tim and Buzz prepare to search woodland to try and locate a couple of dangerous individual fugitives.|
|Buzz locates one individual up a ladder and alerts his handler to tell him he has found him by barking|
|Vinnie locates the second male who is sitting down offering no violence and so Vinnie alerts his handler|
|Lee prepares to go and search the individual for any weapons he may be concealing and Vinnie watches intently ready to launch to his handlers defense if the offender tries any funny business.|
|Tim and Buzz tracking an offender who has made off across country.|
|Tim sending Buzz over the long jump|
|Vinnie stops the fleeing criminal in his tracks.|
|This criminal is going nowhere|
Well done Tim and Buzz .
Well done Lee and Vinnie.