Police dog trials to be held in South Yorkshire

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South Yorkshire is to host the national police dog trials this year.

Handlers and their dogs will be put through their paces after qualifying at regional trials.

They will compete with partnerships from across the country.

Police dog trials, held annually, test the operational skills required of police dog teams.

They assess agility, obedience, tracking and search skills.

Some 21 competitors will take part in the three-day event, to be held at Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham, between May 15 and 17.

Harry Morton, South Yorkshire Police’s Dog Training Manager and the organiser of this year’s trials, said: “This is the first time that the National Police Dog Assessments have been held in South Yorkshire, It’s a great honour for the Force and for everyone involved.

“South Yorkshire Police have qualified for the national trials for several years. This year we have two police dogs and their handlers who have qualified to compete in the nationals, and I wish both teams the very best of luck.”

Sheffield dog handler PC John Shaw with six-year-old German Shepherd, Diesel, and Barnsley dog handler PC Neil Losada, with three-year-old Belgian Malinois Ace, will be competing against 19 other top police dogs from across the UK.

The trials are free of charge for members of the public to watch.