Nottinghamshire Police’s canine detectives have got their paws on a talented new recruit thanks to the county’s new Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry.
The Commissioner has ridden to the rescue of the force’s Dog Section, funding the addition of PD Buddy – a Labrador pup – to the hard-working team.
At just four months old, PD Buddy is being primed to become the county’s next passive drugs dog supremo.
Once fully qualified, he will be out and about across the county with his handler, responding to incidents and undertaking proactive work as part of the force’s efforts to tackle drugs.
Commissioner Henry agreed to fund the £24,775 costs of PD Buddy’s training - and there is every indication he will be a force to reckon with once he puts his paws on patrol.
“There’s a very good reason we’re expanding our canine team – they’re absolutely brilliant at what they do,” said Commissioner Henry.
“I’ve no doubt Buddy will serve Nottinghamshire with every bit of passion and dedication as our officers and we cannot wait to see him develop and flourish.
“Passive drugs dogs are a huge asset to the force and are already disrupting the activities of organised criminals and helping to bring more offenders to justice.
“Our communities are right to be concerned about the supply of drugs on our streets and I am determined to put an end to these problems. Making sure our officers have the resources they need to fight crime effectively is important to me and I’m absolutely certain PD Buddy will stand up and be counted when he’s ready.”
Buddy, who was welcomed to the force at the end of May, will have the very important task of detecting a host of illegal substances.
He will be a vital part of pre-planned operations, such as patrols with Operation Guardian officers in the city centre where he’ll scan people, drugs warrants where he’ll need to search houses and gardens, as well as urgent callouts where he could be asked to search a variety of vehicles.
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Posted on Saturday 17th July 2021