L to R Top; Jennie and Quantum, James and Floyd, L to R Bottom; Lucy and Harper, Aran and Hope
Issued on 18/5/17 at 8:07 a.m.
Four newly licensed Police Dog Handlers and their Police Dogs are patrolling the streets after successfully passing a thirteen week Initial Dog Handlers Course.
The officers who all work for the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) will be joining their police colleagues across Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire – the four forces that make up EMOpSS.
To become a police dog handler officers need to go through a rigorous selection process and, if successful, they secure a place on a thirteen week Initial Dog Handlers Course.
At the end of the course, the officers were put through their paces by an independent assessor - John Best from the Police Dog Training School in Surrey who has forty years’ experience of working with police dogs. He came to assess the officers and their dogs at the end of the thirteen week course. Each handler and their dog is tested as a team on tracking (for people) building searches, obedience, agility, chasing and detaining suspects and property searches for discarded items. John’s endorsement means the teams meet the national standards for safety, efficiency and control which is a high accolade.
The assessments took place in the first week of May and all four officers and their dogs passed with flying colours.
- Pc Lucy Sculthorpe (Northamptonshire officer) and fifteen month old PD Harper a German Shepherd
- Pc James Coupland (Nottinghamshire officer) and two year old PD Floyd a black German Shepherd
- Pc Aran Gibbs (Leicestershire Officer) and fifteen month old PD Hope a sable European Shepherd
- Pc Jennie Ellse (Nottinghamshire officer) and eighteen month old PD Quantum a black German Shepherd
Quantum was donated to EMOpSS by South Yorkshire Police following the tragic death in service of PD Rebus almost one year ago. Harper and Hope are sisters.
Inspector Annie Reavley from EMOpSS Dog Unit said; “I am incredibly proud of our four new dog handlers, each one of them has shown great aptitude and commitment and worked really hard throughout the course. They all deserved to pass and I know, now that they have their license, they are really looking forward to getting out on patrol. It is great to see officers who have come with a variety of different policing backgrounds and experience and they will all be an asset to an already great team of dog handlers.”