Police Dog Finn returned to work this week after he saved the life of his dog handler putting his own on the line.
PC Dave Wardell was stabbed in the hand and his German shepherd Finn was stabbed in the head and chest during an incident in Stevenage, Hertfordshire back in October.
On the 15th December Finn passed all of his exams and was certified fit to return to operational police duties. He returned to duty on the 19th of December.
— Herts Police (@HertsPolice) December 19, 2016
Back on Duty
Finn’s first tour of duty resulted in an arrest. His work resulted in an arrest just hours after going on patrol. Finn and his handler responded to reports of a car that was failing to stop for officers.
The car became involved in a crash hitting a parked vehicle the offenders then fled the scene with Finn hot on their tail.
Resulting in the arrest of a man from Borehamwood who was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and driving other than in accordance with a driving licence.
Finn receives a standing ovation.
Guest of honour Finn and his handler attended the Police Twitter Awards, He was the star guest and brought tears to everyone’s eyes.
— Police Hour (@PoliceHour) December 23, 2016
If you don’t know the back story to PD Finn where exactly have you been. Finn has touched the hearts of millions across the UK. Well anyways in case you don’t know the back story we are about to
Finn responded to reports of a man suspected of robbing a taxi driver at gunpoint. Finn protected his dog handler PC Wardell putting his paws on the line for the cop.
PC Wardell recalls that “He was taking down an offender as he has done hundreds of times and in the blink of an eye everything changed”/
Finn was rushed to the vets for emergency surgery which saved his life. Finn is now active and well following his ordeal and will soon return to active duty.
Following the attack, an online petition has reached over 120K names prompting the government to support attacks on Police Dogs and horses.
The Government said, “Attacks on police support animals are unacceptable and should be dealt with under the criminal law which allows for penalties of up to 10 years’ imprisonment for those who carry out such attacks.”