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Police dog Victor wins regional heats

PC Sam Appleby and her police dog, Victor Photo: Kent Police

PC Sam Appleby and her police dog Victor have been crowned overall winners of the South East regional police dog trials held in Sussex.

The pair claimed the top spot achieving a total of 864 points out of a possible 1000. They also won trophies for searching and obedience.

PC Appleby and Victor will now go onto the National Police Dog Trials which will be hosted by Surrey Police in April. The pair will be hoping to improve on their 8th place from last year.

Sergeant Ian Warner, head of dog training, said: "This was a great result for Kent Police and stands us in good stead for the national trials. It was a great effort by Sam and Nigel and I hope our six national titles will soon be seven.

"Kent Police dogs are an integral part of frontline policing with officers undergoing a challenging selection process before being paired with a dog and completing the particularly demanding basic dog course.

"Dogs are specifically bred for their intelligence, resilience, determination and drive and I am particularly proud that Police Dog Victor is a product of the Kent Police breeding program."

Once trained, Kent Police dogs and their handlers work a full spectrum of shifts and are used to track and search for both offenders and vulnerable people.

They are also trained to chase and detain people that may be escaping from police as well as being deployed during times of public disorder. Specialist dogs are also trained to detect explosives, drugs, weapons and cash.