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Dorset Police Pup Adds Bite To Force

Gus Police dog

12:05am 29th June 2014

Dorset Police has a new recruit - but this one has four legs…!

Gus is a 10 week old German Shepherd who's the newest member of the team.

The Force currently has 20 dogs used for policing duties and sniffing out drugs, cash and explosives.

Police Constable David Henrys said: "It is always an exciting time when a new dog arrives in Force, especially a puppy. Gus is very cute and playful now but in a year's time he will be a member of the police family ready to catch crooks.

"At the moment training with Gus is all about bonding and play.

"Over the coming months I will be building and observing his play drive, which is the main thing we initially look for in a potential police dog.

"I will take him to bus and train stations to get him used to the sights and sounds of busy areas. I will take him on as many surfaces as possible and he will be taken into dark places and walked up stairs and metal fire escapes to expose him to all the things he will have to deal with as a police dog."

Gus' main tracking training will begin when he is 12-weeks-old. After 12 months, Gus will meet his new handler and the pair will be sent on a three-month course.

Dorset Police's Dog Section was formed in 1953 when the county was among the first in Britain to set up a specialist section.

Inspector Neil Leat, of the Dog Section, said: "Police dogs are vital members of the Dorset Police family delivering policing across the county.  They respond to a host of different incidents and it is our job to ensure they are trained to deal with any situation.  Our dogs thrive on the work they do and we know the people of Dorset love to see them."

Members of the public can follow the progress of the new police dogs on Twitter @dorsetpolice and facebook.com/dorsetpolice.

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