It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce police dog Kaizer has sadly died just three months into retirement.
German Shepherd PD Kaizer was well known for appearances on Channel 5’s Pollice interceptors.
Sadly it was announced this morning that following a short illness PD Kaizer had sadly passed away.
The announcement was made on Twitter “Devastated to announce that PD Kaizer was lost yesterday following a very short, serious but unexpected illness.
“Sleep well big fella, you’ll be missed by many.”
Devastated to announce that PD Kaizer was lost yesterday following a very short, serious but unexpected illness. Sleep well big fella, you’ll be missed by many .. @DurhamPolice pic.twitter.com/HQPmtqZ0Qq
— Durham Police K9 (@DurhamPoliceK9) February 25, 2019
PD Kaizer had been with Durham Constabulary for 8 years, she joined the force when she was aged 16-months spending over 15,000 hours on the streets fighting crime before retirement in November 2018. He was awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation for his work.
His certificate from Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “Kaizer has never “barked up the wrong tree”. He is still the only member of the organisation who has bitten the chief and got away with it.
“He has never taken a sick day in his career, despite feeling ‘rough’ on occasion.”
It adds: “He has an impeccable record regarding foot chases – as he tends to ‘win-a-lot’. He smiles, but he doesn’t mean it, and has put the fear of god up more villains than any other cop.
“He’s a real ‘pedigree chum’ and we’ll miss him. It’s time to put your ‘paws up’ Kaizer – congratulations on your retirement.”
Police Constable Ian Squire PD Kaizer crew mate and handler said “What can I say, he’s absolutely awesome. Just like my right arm.
“The bond we have is like no other. When you spend so much time together, you get to know each other very well. You can read each other in certain situations.”
The pair spent hours together fighting crime and he will always remember PD Kaizer’s first nightshift “It was his first operational find. He caught an armed robber after a heist at the Co-op in Newton Hall, in Durham.
“He was hidden in conifers in a nearby housing estate. The suspect might not have been found without him.”
PC Squire admitted that he has so many jobs that make him proud “There’s so many jobs that make you proud. It could be finding a vulnerable child or tracking down a fleeing suspect. It’s unquantifiable the effect a police dog will have at an incident. Even their presence alone can resolve a situation.”
PD Kaizer retired and lived at the home of PC Squire who looked after and cared for him into his retirement.