THE man who runs South Yorkshire Police’s dog training school is celebrating after winning a top regional award.
Harry Morton, who has served with South Yorkshire Police for 40 years and has spent most of his career as a police dog handler, has run the dog training school since 2007.
The following year he introduced the force’s own in-house puppy breeding scheme to ensure a regular supply of quality police dogs available to the force.
He has just won the ‘public sector worker of the year award’ at the Making a Difference in Yorkshire and Humber Awards.
Since he introduced the puppy breeding scheme, 10 litters of pups have been born - allowing police chiefs a selection of top quality dogs without needing to spend as much money as in the past.
Harry’s dog training school has also generated £178,000 for South Yorkshire Police through the sale of patrol and specialist search dogs and through the provision of training to other police forces, the Ministry of Defence, HM Prison Service and private security firms.
Inspector Jim Revitt said: “Harry has invested countless amount of time and energy into making South Yorkshire Police’s dog training school the professional enterprise it is today and one of the most respected centres in the country.“
After collecting his award, Harry said: “I’m delighted to receive the award on behalf of the team of trainers, staff and volunteers who all make the dog training school what it is.
“Everybody involved puts so much energy and enthusiasm into the job.”