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.
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.”