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'Highly commended' police dog retires after eight years in force

A highly commended police dog credited with saving a number of lives has retired.

Blue was commended by the PDSA. Credit: @BCHPoliceDogs

Blue has worked with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire andHertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit for 8 years.

As well as aiding in arrests he has also helped find a number of missing and vulnerable people.

In July this year Blue was formally honoured for his ‘exceptional work’ after he received a PDSA Commendation for the role he played locating a collapsed man in Croxley Green in December 2016.

Also in July, a Letchworth Garden City man was sent to prison for two years after he was tracked for two miles by Blue following an incident in Baldock.

Blue tracking a suspect. Credit: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit

It has been my absolute honour and privilege to work with PD Blue.

He licensed on his first birthday and he has been working hard ever since.

It is incredibly distressing for me to give Blue up after being together for eight years, but I would be selfish to keep him as, with my new dog and working commitments, I would not be able to give him the time and attention he needs. I know he’ll be far happier in his new home and it’s better for him to be in an environment where he can just relax and enjoy his retirement.

– Blue's handler

Blue is being rehomed as a pet for a family in Surrey.