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Head of Cumbria Police dog unit to retire after 25 years

Sgt Yielder joined the dog section 25 years ago Credit: Cumbria Police

Sergeant Mark Yielder and his police dog, Uno, will be leaving Cumbria Police Department for the last time next week.

After joining Cumbria Police 30 years ago today, 19 July, Sgt Yielder worked in Barrow and Wigton before reaching his dream of becoming a dog handler.

Describing it as the ‘most special job in the world’, Sgt Yielder joined the dog section 25 years ago, becoming the Sergeant in 2007.

I’ve had the most amazing career at Cumbria Police and am so proud to have served with each and every handler and dog that I’ve worked with.”

– Sergeant Mark Yielder, Cumbria Police


Officer's good work celebrated

Cumbria Police say that one example of PC Woodward's good work was when he was called to an incident at the Stoneyholme Golf Club in Carlisle after an alarm had been tampered with. He predicted that as soon as Police left, the person who had tampered with the alarm would return and break in.

PC Woodward and his general purpose dog, Barney, waited and after a while a man arrived, broke into the golf club and attempted to steal from the gaming machines. PC Woodward and Barney arrested the suspect who was later charged for burglary.

New dog handlers for Cumbria Police

Three Cumbrian police officers have been given a dog to share their life and work with.

PC Diane Irving, PC Martyn Irving and PC Matthew Knott have all passed their initial dog handling course and will join Cumbria Constabulary's Dogs Unit.

PC Diane Irving will be paired with Ava, PC Matthew Knott's dog is called Will and PC Martyn Irving has Zeus.

They'll start with a general purpose dog but after 12 months they could be considered for a specialist dog, such as a drug detection dog.

"I'm looking forward to getting started in my new role and I am really excited to be working alongside Ava.

"The role is demanding but having spoken to the other handlers it is ultimately rewarding and I can't wait to start."

– PC Diane Irving, dog handler


Prize winners meet police pups

Five lucky people are being given the chance to visit the police dogs department in Cumbria, after winning a Christmas competition.

More than 200 people entered the competition, which was held on Twitter, between Christmas and New Year.

The winners will be meeting some of the police dogs, including some puppies, who will show off their new skills.

"This is a great opportunity to show people how we work and give them a chance to meet the dogs who work very hard in helping us protect the people of Cumbria.

"They will have their picture taken with some of the dogs and enjoy demonstrations, not only by our newest recruits, who are no longer puppies, but also some of our more experienced dogs.

"We hope it will be any enjoyable day for all of the winners."

– PC Stuart Woodward, Cumbria Police