April 28, 2010 5.38 pm This story is over 163 months old

Police dogs to do tricks on National Trials

Barking is allowed: Lincolnshire Police will compete with forces across the UK to find the best police dog and its handler.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the National Police Dog Trials, Lincolnshire Police will be hosting a special event between May 6th and May 9th to showcase its dog handling skills.

23 police dog handlers from all over the UK and Northern Ireland will compete against each other in a variety of disciplines, and share good practice among British police forces.

PC Robert Newham and his dog, Razor, a German Shepard cross with a Malinois, will be competing and representing Lincolnshire Police. PC Newham and Razor successfully qualified at the Regional Trials, held in South Yorkshire in March.

The final day of the National Trials is Sunday, May 9th. Presenting officers to this year’s Trial winners will be the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, Mr John Godfrey and Mr Stanley Peck, founder of the National Police Dog Trials in 1963.

Police dogs and their handlers provide a vital support to operational policing, while the Trials provide an opportunity for them to demonstrate their skills.

Source: Lincolnshire Police | Photo: Sean Vadilfari via Flickr