Our intrepid Police Dogs are highly respected members of our Constabulary, and sadly we will soon be saying goodbye to one of our most exceptional colleagues, PD Zeus.
The 10-year-old Dutch Herder is due to retire, making way for the young ones as we welcome new recruit PD Koa.
Zeus is the oldest General Purpose dog on the department. A police dog for seven years, he is also a Tactical Firearms Support Dog. As part of his TFSD role Zeus has helped protect lots of VIPs, including members of the Royal Family. Everyone knows when Zeus is on duty as he’s so vocal you can hear him barking in the van from half a mile away.
Throughout his career PD Zeus has helped arrest numerous baddies and locate stolen property and discarded weapons. This year he assisted in tracing a missing women so she could get the help and treatment she needed, and his proudest moment whilst working with his firearms colleagues was being instrumental in the arrest of two murder suspects.
Now ready to put his paws up, Zeus will continue to live with his handler during retirement following his valiant work helping to keep Lancashire’s public safe.
Snapping at his heels is PD Koa, a Malinois Cross Herder. Koa has had a cracking start to his career, aiding in numerous arrests across Lancashire, including one which involved taking his handler along the muddiest track we’ve ever seen in hot pursuit of a suspect. He is certainly one brave, bold dog. Nothing fazes him whatsoever. He can be snoring in the van one minute and up raring to go as soon as the van stops. Koa is clearly following courageously in Zeus’s footsteps.
It’s no wonder a career as a Police Dog Hander is so sought after. Apart from having the honour of living and working with incredible dogs like Zeus and Koa, the training is second to none.
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