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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