Police chief David Crompton has praised the contribution police dogs make to the fight against crime after his force hosted the national police dog trials.
He highlighted their work after 21 dogs and their handlers were assessed over three days at Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham.
“I am delighted that the event was a success. Police dog patrol teams are a crucial part of any police force – they play a vital role in day-to-day frontline policing,” he said.
“We have witnessed some exceptional performances by the handlers and their dogs.”
Harry Morton, South Yorkshire Police’s Dog Training Manager and organiser of this year’s trials, said: “It has been an honour for the force to be able to host the national police dog trials in South Yorkshire.”
PC Paul Barnham and his dog Ethel, from Surrey Police, won the trials, a team from Police Scotland came second and a team from Avon and Somerset came third.