Four-legged friend joins Leicestershire Police in memory of officer

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Sharon's family with new police pup, Cassie

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Issued on 13/2/18 at 11:33 a.m.

The Tactical Dog and Firearms Unit at Leicestershire Police has welcomed a new four-legged recruit in memory of a long-serving officer.

Eight-week old German Shepherd, Cassie will start her training at Leicestershire Police thanks to money donated from the family of Detective Sergeant Sharon Pickering who suddenly passed away in September 2017, a day before her retirement.

Sharon started her policing career as a Special Constable in the North of England before joining Leicestershire Police in 1987 working in Braunstone before moving into CID (Criminal Investigation Department).

By way of remembering her, Sharon’s family have donated a sum of money to the dog unit to buy police puppy Cassie, who has been named after the Collie Cross Sharon was in the process of adopting ahead of her retirement last year.

Sharon’s sister, Marisa said: “Sharon loved dogs and was really looking forward to her retirement and spending time with her new dog. Being able to donate this money has given us something positive to focus on during what has been a difficult time.”

Detective Inspector Paul Kenyon who worked closely with Sharon, said: “Sharon was looking forward to her retirement and making plans for her new life together with Cassie.

“Sharon was a very well respected detective who had worked for many years at various locations around the county. Sharon had an infectious personality who touched the hearts of many she worked with; she will be sadly missed but never forgotten.”

As another tribute to Sharon, friends, family and colleagues recently joined together; on what would have been Sharon’s birthday, for an official unveiling of two memorial benches at Leicestershire Police Headquarters.

Sharon’s sister, Marisa Charlton and her husband Keith will be sent regular updates on Cassie’s journey to becoming a fully-trained police dog.

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