The Surrey and Sussex Police Dog Section retained the winner’s trophy at the 2015 National Police Dog Trials after success for the second year running.
21 competitors from police forces across the UK took part in the 3-day event which was held in Stirling at the weekend, hosted by Police Scotland.
Surrey Police’s dog handler PC Graham Lightfoot together with Police Dog (PD) Chester, a 5-year-old German Shepherd won the overall competition.
Two other Surrey officers and their dogs also achieved impressive results with PC Rob Male and PD Apollo, an 8-year-old Malinois, coming 6th and PC Paul Barnham with 3-year-old PD Ethel, a German Shepherd cross Malinois coming 8th. PC Male also won the Phase 2 trophy for the fourth time in five appearances at the National Police Dog Trials, an outstanding achievement.
The dogs and their handlers competed in a number of tests which included demonstrating skills used in operational dog handling, use of force, safety, obedience and agility.
Manager of the Police Dog Training School, John Best, said: “Winning the National Police Dog Trials for a second year running is a major achievement – these excellent results are testament to the hard work of everyone in our team.
“After a 7 year career, in which he has competed in 6 Regional and 5 National Police Dog Trials, Apollo will be retiring from the Force in January 2016 so it’s great that he will leave on a high before he puts his paws up to rest.”
Chief Constable Lynne Owens said: “I was thrilled to hear the fantastic news that we smashed the National Police Dog Trials for a second year running.
“Congratulations to PC Graham Lightfoot and Police Dog Chester in being placed first at this esteemed event – and well done to PC Rob Male and Apollo and PC Paul Barnham and Ethel who also achieved superb placings in the top ten.
“I applaud the Dog Section’s achievement and this positively reflects our dedication at all the stages of training from puppy-walking through to professional working dog.”
“I am very proud that we have the best police dog team in the country working hard to keep the residents and visitors of our county safe.”