– Superintendent Steve Johnson, Essex Police
As a former member of the dog unit myself, I know the strong bond between a police officer and his dog.
Whilst they are working dogs, they also become a close and important member of the police officer's family. This is a very sad occasion.
Baron had been paired with his handler for the last four years. Essex Police says they had made many arrests together:
– Essex Police statement
He was injured and taken immediately to a veterinary practice but sadly he had to be put to sleep.
The circumstances surrounding this tragic incident are currently being reviewed.
Baron's handler and family are understandably very upset.
A police dog has died during a training exercise in Essex. Baron, a five-year-old German Shepherd working for Essex Police, was taking part in the exercise with his handler at a disused building near Chelmsford yesterday when he fell from a flat roof.