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A puppy who was donated to North Yorkshire Police in memory of York officer, PC Keith Pattison, is now a fully qualified crime-fighter.

Patto the pup in February 2014
Patto the pup in February 2014

Police Dog (PD) Patto, a German shepherd, was gifted to the Dog Section at the age of eight weeks. Now, 14 months on, he has qualified to work as a general purpose police dog, trained to sniff out suspects, find missing people and help keep the communities of North Yorkshire safe.

Patto with his handler PC Chris Walker
Patto with his handler PC Chris Walker

PC Keith Pattison died unexpectedly in January 2013 while a serving police officer with North Yorkshire Police. His family chose to donate a puppy as a way to remember him and ensure his name lived on in the police service.

PD Patto met up with members of Keith’s family including his daughter Katie and two-year-old grandson Finley, shortly after he passed his exams.

PC Pattison’s daughter Katie Pattison, Grandson Finley and Sergeant Simon Whitby
PC Pattison’s daughter Katie Pattison, Grandson Finley and Sergeant Simon Whitby

Sergeant Simon Whitby of North Yorkshire Police’s Dog Section, said: ”PD Patto is now a fully licensed police dog helping to keep North Yorkshire safe. He has the perfect temperament for a police dog and passed his exams with flying colours.

“I would like to reiterate our thanks to Keith’s family for gifting PD Patto to us. He is a fitting tribute to a valued and much missed colleague.”

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Yorkshire dogs police the Rock

Police dogs Prince and Zulu
Police dogs Prince and Zulu Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Four German Shepherd dogs from South Yorkshire Police have crossed the seas to become Royal Gibraltar Police’s first dog section in 20 years.

South Yorkshire Police’s Dog Training Unit was chosen by RGP to reinstate their dog section, providing a challenging and strenuous 13- week training course for the dogs and for the officers, who had no previous dog handling experience.

SYP Dog Training Instructor Mick Gentile, travelled to Gibraltar in May this year to deliver the course, which is the first training the unit has delivered to an international police force.

The four dogs provided to RGP from SYP, were Prince, Major, Zulu and Tara.

Officer and his dog commended in Barnsley

PC Neil Pearson and his police dog, Ash

PC Neil Pearson and his police dog, Ash, have been commended for their professionalism and persistence following a burglary at a business premises earlier this year.

On January 19, a call came into the police stating a premises on Oaks Lane, Barnsley, had been broken into. PC Pearson attended with Ash, but the burglars had already left.

PC Pearson and Ash then tracked a considerable distance over rough country and in snowy conditions following the two men. They traced them to an address in Kendray, Barnsley where a cash tin and other items were recovered.

Two men aged 18 and 23 were arrested and charged with burglary.

Shane Watson, 18, from Barnsley, later pleaded guilty in court and was ordered to pay £100 in compensation, and given a four-month curfew with an electronic tag and 80 hours of voluntary work.

The 23-year-old man has pleaded not guilty and is due to appear in court in June.

Chief Superintendent Brooke said: “This was an excellent piece of police work, combining the skills of police dog and handler. The result was that the suspects were caught with the property suspected to be taken from the business premises.

"This sort of determination and dedication to duty are what is contributing to reductions in crime in Barnsley.”

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