Paw-some team on duty to keep South Yorkshire safe on Christmas Day

Christmas or not, it is business as usual for South Yorkshire Police and its team of furry crime fighters.

Friday, 25th December 2020, 12:01 pm

Despite having to work through the holidays for the first time, PD Benson has been on duty to keep everyone safe this Christmas Day and looks forward to his treats as soon as his shift ends.

The three-year-old Dutch Herder will be joined by his handler PC Mike Greaves, starting their shift at the Operational Support Complex.

PC Greaves said: “Me and Benson have been working together since 2018 and today is his first Christmas Day on duty. I have been a police officer for many years, so it’s not my first!

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PD Benson on duty. Picture by South Yorkshire Police

CRIME: Investigation launched after Christmas Eve shooting on Sheffield estate“Benson couldn’t really ask for a better Christmas present than coming to work, he loves it!

“He knows the difference between me being in uniform and being out of uniform. As soon as he recognises it’s work time, he is very excited, especially when his best friends PD Kiki and PD Willow are on duty.

“He loves using his nose and tracking criminals, this is how he has caught the majority of his prisoners this year, he also loves searching for stolen property; his nose is amazing!

“As soon as we have finished, it will be home for celebrations and Benson loves nothing more than attention, a cuddle and food.

“We wish everyone across South Yorkshire a merry Christmas.”

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