springer spaniels go on duty for police team in Burnham area
Two new recruits have gone on duty for a unqiue police team covering
the Burnham-On-Sea area.
springer spaniels, Rufus and Ollie, are part of the operational
team that cover anywhere across the force area.
dogs have undergone a six-week training programme and are adept
at finding cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, amphetamine,
ketamine, mephedrone and cannabis as well as firearms and ammunition.
They can also find cash.
Tony Godwin, Head of Tri Force Specialist Operations said: "This
is a brilliant example of Tri Force co-operation and makes best
use of our assets. It allows us to be completely flexible where
we deploy our dogs across the region and is therefore an invaluable
cost saving approach. I wish all the handlers well in their vital
dogs are two of five donated to the force from members of the
public following an appeal for canine volunteers. They are dogs
who need extra stimulation outside of family life.
is two years old, comes from Dorset and has flown through the
course. He will now live and work with PC Jon Norton. Ollie is
21 months old, comes from Hereford and will live and work with
PC Louise Grabham.
said: "They are both amazing dogs and have a desire to work.
Ollie has an incredible nose and when he puts on his harness for
work he quivers with excitement. Once the harness comes off at
the end of the day he settles back into our family life."
previous owner added: "Ollie looks fantastic now, quite a
star. I wish him and his handler Louise success for their work
in helping the community."
springer spaniels will work until they are approximately 8 years
old and often they remain with the handler or sometimes they are
said: "We work closely with WAGS a charity for retired police
dogs and they have done some tremendous work for us."