– 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.
A police dog has died during a training exercise. Baron, a five-year-old German Shepherd working for Essex Police, was taking part in an exercise with his handler near Chelmsford on Monday when he fell from a roof.