Three police dogs and their officers are trained and ready to make a pawsitive impact across South Yorkshire.
PC Darren Wassell, PC Matt Aris and PC Lee Schofield and their new partners in crime, Caesar, Bear and Bill graduated from their ‘General Police Dog’ training last Friday, 21 June and are ready for the next step in their careers.
The 13-week training course, held at our dog training facility at Niagara in Sheffield, is designed to put officers and dogs through their paces in different scenarios.
As part of the course, the duos learn how to search for people and evidence in buildings, woodland and open areas and the dogs learn to sniff out offenders, chase and detain them.
PC Wassell has been a police officer for more than 15 years, serving the communities of Rotherham and Doncaster, before joining our Operational Support Unit as dog handler earlier this year. He has been teamed with up 14 month-old German Shepherd Caesar and cannot wait to put his training into practice.
He said: “Caesar gave his all to his training and I am excited to put what we have learnt into practice, keeping the people of South Yorkshire safe.”
PC Aris worked in the Sheffield response team for 18 years before successfully gaining his dream job and new best friend, Bear. Bear is an 18-month-old German Shepherd who PC Aris describes as ‘very loyal’ and ‘mischievous’.
He added: “For me this is a pinnacle moment in my career, I have always wanted to be a dog handler since joining the police force. This is the biggest achievement of my career and I am excited to work alongside my new friend Bear.”
PC Schofield has been a dog handler for more than 20 years and recently been partnered with new recruit Bill, an 18-month-old German Shepherd.
PC Schofield said: “Being a dog handler is a job like no other; you come to work every day with your best friend. I have had some great dogs over the years, each with their own personality and charm.
“Bill is very inquisitive and eager to please, he passed his training with flying colours and is showing great potential.”
We wish them luck on their adventures.
You can follow their progress on Twitter and Facebook by following SYP Operational Support.
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