Saturday 12 January 2013

A couple of retired four legged friends (and their handler….)

Retired Durham Officer PC 566 Dave Davies sent us a couple of pictures of himself with two of his police dogs

D Davies Elle
Dave Davies with PD ‘ELLE’
D Davies Mikey
Dave Davies with PD ‘MIKEY’

Dave transferred to Durham Constabulary from the Met Police on the 10th May 1986 and transferred  dog section on the 4th January 1993 where he served until his retirement. Dave’s initial training for Dog Section was conducted by the late Paul Greener, who Dave says, “was a superb dog trainer especially for the day and age. Ahead of his time in methodology! “

During his service Dave served with numerous Police dogs : Max, Brutus, Tyler, Jack, Prince, Elle & specialist dogs Mikey (Lab, narcotics and firearm detection) & Hamish ( Terrier cross - Narcotics, Firearms and currency detection)
Dave retired on the 15th November 2009 and PD Elle & PD Hamish retired with him. All three are still enjoying retirement

Elle served from being a puppy!! and was bred in force, she retired with Dave and is now 9 years old.

Mikey was an unwanted gun dog, bought from a gun dog dealer in Alston and served from 1998 for five years or so, eventually being retired into Dave’s care and replaced by PD Hamish. Mikey has subsequently died.

Dave is now the editor for Service Dog, the official journal for The British Police & Services Canine Association.   BPSCA are needing members, they have people from all branches of the forces and police, all are or have been dog handlers and trainers, so the knowledge base is superb.  They have one trial a year held at Newbold Revel HMP college, Warwickshire. This year it is on the 13-7-2013.  There is also a specialist dog search, usually drugs but this year it will cater for all disciplines such as fire brigade, explo, drug, weapons.  Closing date for entries is last day of May.

For further info please visit : The British Police & Services Canine Association or Dave’s own website :

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