Police dogs Milo and Dexter to sniff out drugs, firearms, and even money laundering for new handlers
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Dog handlers PC Dan Hurst and PC Dave Whittle have welcomed police dogs Milo and Dexter respectively into their new roles and homes.
PC Hurst said: “Police dogs are one of the best pieces of kit we have in our police force. Nothing compares to their nose’s ability.
“I can’t wait to get back out there now with both our big and little dogs and see how their abilities complement each other.”
A four-week course at force’s dog training school in Sheffield allows the dog and handler to bond, and ensures the dog respects the handler and follows directions.
Each month, SYP’s dogs find an average of 50 concealed items with their incredible sense of smell.
PD Milo, a four-year-old Labrador, and PD Dexter, a four-and-a-half-year-old Springer Spaniel, live at home with their handlers, becoming family as well as colleagues.
Inspector Dan Garside from the police dog training school said: “From observations and comments by the training team delivering the course, it was remarked on the high standards displayed by both PC Hurst and PC Whittle alongside their PDs, Milo and Dexter.
“Expectations are high as these two new teams set to work aiding the varied investigations which our specialist search dogs - I have no doubt that these expectations will be met with ease.”
Both officers were presented with their certificates on Wednesday 8 November 2023.