Brand new canine recruits are set to fight crime on the streets of South Yorkshire during the next few weeks.
Five officers and their puppy partners are preparing for graduation and will start their first shifts next month, following an intense 12 week course at a dog training facility in Sheffield.
The South Yorkshire Police animals are completing their final weeks of training to become ‘General Purpose’ dogs. They will be trained in searching and tracking for suspects and missing people, apprehending offenders, and finding property.
PC Adam Fay and PD Diesel
Officer Fay has been working as part of the Sheffield Response Team for over 14 years, within the Warrants and Firearms Licencing Team. He has been paired with PD Diesel, a 14 month old Dutch Herder.
PC Josh Ingam and PD Bart
PC Ingam joined SYP four years ago, most recently working on Barnsley’s Response Team. Josh has been partnered with PD Bart, a 16 month old Dutch Herder.
PC Ash Green and PD Blue
Officer Green joined SYP in 2013 as a PCSO, progressed to police officer and worked as a response officer in Rotherham. PD Blue is a two year old Malinois.
PC Dan Hurst and PD Marshall
PC Dan Hurst has been working for SYP since 2006. He has worked on response, neighbourhood and tasking teams, as well as in the Violent Crime Task Force. He has been teamed up with 18 month-old Malinois Marshall, who joined SYP as a puppy.
PC Dan Fox and PD Louis
PC Fox has worked for SYP for 12 years, working on the Sheffield Response Team, before more recently within the Violent Crime Task Force. He has been partnered with PD Louis, a three year-old Belgium Malinois.
Typically, the youngest age for dogs to concentrate on training is between 12 and 15 months. Both male and female pups make excellent service dogs.
The most popular breeds are German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds. Less popular, but still used at times, are Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers, and Bouvier de Flandres.