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'Pup Idol' competition: police release video

West Midlands police have released a video of the five spaniels competing to become Pup Idol in the force's second-ever competition.

For the last nine months ‘O’ litter Springer spaniels Oasis, Oriel, Olivia, Oxo and lone boy competitor Odem have been socialising with puppy walkers at homes across the region.

They are the force’s future search specialists and are being trained to help police hunt for weapons, drugs, cash, stolen items or explosives ? and the evidence they uncover is often crucial in securing court convictions against criminals.

Volunteers have been busy honing the pups’ inquisitive nature, keeping them stimulated and familiarising them with environments they could be called to search during their careers like shops, parks, and railways.

The latest video shows the super cute quintet on location at stately home grounds in Solihull where they were tasked with uncovering a suspect package hidden in undergrowth and given "familiarisation" flights on board a police helicopter.

Police tweet picture of contestants in 'Pup Idol'

A busy day in the office... Credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police have tweeted a picture of the puppies competing in this year's Pup Idol competition.

The force is searching for a star spaniel. The fluffy contestants will be trained as specialist search dogs that will help police officers hunt for weapons, drugs, cash, explosives or stolen items.

This competition will see one of them branded 'top dog' at West Midlands Police.

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Pup Idol - finding a star spaniel

West Midlands Police is searching for a star spaniel in the aptly named contest "pup-idol".

The pups through to the finals are Olivia, Olympia, Oriel, Oxo and Oasis for the girls... and just Odem for the boys. They were all born to the Dog Unit at Balsall Common on December 8th 2012.

They've all got a great future ahead of them as specialist search dogs that will be trained to help police hunt for weapons, drugs, cash, explosives or stolen items. This competition will see one of them branded 'top dog' at West Midlands Police.