Dogged pursuit of South Yorkshire crooks pays off for hound

Atos the police dog.
Atos the police dog.
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A FAITHFUL police hound who has brought hundreds of crooks to justice has been rewarded with a special prize for his dogged pursuit of criminals.

Atos the eight-year-old German Shepherd has worked with South Yorkshire Police’s PC Carl Tyrrell for five years, and together the pair have tackled more than 300 suspects for offences such as burglary, robbery and violence.

PC Tyrrell and Atos have now been singled out for special attention at The Cutlers’ Company Annual Police Awards and given a prize recognising their ‘exemplary service’.

Harry Morton, manager of the police dog training school at the Niagara Centre in Wadsley Bridge, praised the constable and his canine companion for their ‘hard work, dedication and duty’.

“They work very well together,” Harry said.

“They’re very experienced now - one knows how to get the best out of the other.”

Atos was originally brought to the UK from Slovakia, and handlers initially had to learn Polish terms to check the training that the dog required.

Soon afterwards Atos was paired up with PC Tyrrell - and, as well as working with the policeman, he also lives with him as a family pet along with an explosives sniffer dog called Duke.

Harry said he felt proud when the dog and his handler were announced as the winners.

“It was absolutely well-deserved. When you get people working extremely hard and to the best of their abilities and a high standard you can’t ask for anything more,” he said.

The Cutlers’ Company Awards has been running for nearly 20 years. A group prize was presented to South Yorkshire’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit for smashing a violent drugs gang who received long jail sentences.