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North Yorkshire Police Dog Retires After 37 Dog Years of Service

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3:56pm 1st August 2014

North Yorkshire Police said goodbye to one of its most successful crime-fighters last month with the retirement of Police Dog Tommy.

Cocker Spaniel Tommy, was a drugs detection dog who was gifted to the force in January 2008.

He went on to sniff out thousands of pounds worth of drugs and money during his time serving the communities of North Yorkshire.

Some of his notable finds include £35,000 worth of cannabis hidden in the void of a fold-down roof of a car, cannabis hidden in a steering wheel and £1,000 cash hidden in the roof lining of a car.

9-year-old Tommy has now gone to live with PC Catherine Midgley and his former canine colleague, retired general purpose police dog, PD Benson.

PD Tommy’s handler, PC Paul Potter, said: “Tommy was a real character and was recognisable to many officers in the force. He excelled with vehicle searches and assisted many of our specialist teams including the firearms support unit, roads policing officers and the road crime team.

“Tommy has gone to a caring and loving home and can now relax and enjoy his retirement with his former partner in crime, PD Benson who retired in 2009.”

PC Potter has now taken on a new drugs detection dog, 15-month old PD Atom, a black Sprocker Spaniel who passed his final drug sniffing exams last Thursday.

PD Atom, who was also gifted to North Yorkshire Police by a family in Bridlington, will now follow in Tommy’s paw-prints to help keep York and North Yorkshire one of the safest places in the country.

North Yorkshire Police currently have 26 dogs which include 16 general purpose police dogs, five drugs detection dogs and five explosive detection dogs

There are five puppies currently being assessed under the puppy walking scheme.


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