A police force has signed up its latest recruit to fight crime – PD Chase.
After months of training – including chasing, tracking, and detaining – the 16-month-old German Shepherd is out on patrol.
The dog was named after the character Chase in the children’s series Paw Patrol.
His handler PC Louise Roberts of Nottinghamshire Police said:
“It’s been fantastic over the last few months training Chase and getting to know him.
“He particularly loves the search element and I think he’s going to be a brilliant police dog.
“It’s a really proud moment to get him through his training and see him licence.
“We’ve been paired together ever since he came to the force so it’s very much like watching your kids grow up.
“Having a pup brought to you as a blank canvas and with nothing in him is so exciting as you know exactly what you want them to achieve in their career and seeing each little milestone being reached is amazing.”
“Being a dog handler is a commitment as well as a job.
“Chase comes home with me and I care for him every day alongside my retired police dog, Kobi, as well as juggling the responsibilities of having my daughter.
“Chase has done brilliantly throughout training.
“He’s a cheeky chap and I know I’ll have my work cut out with him, but the positive side of that is I know he’ll look after me.
“The next stage now is for him to get out on the job and for us both really to develop our partnership and bring out the ton of potential he has to be a fantastic police dog.
“It’s time to go and get those results, find missing people, and catch criminals who might otherwise have escaped officers.”