New­est po­lice re­cruit en­joys first sniff of life in the force

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS -

DYFED-POWYS Po­lice’s new­est re­cruit is be­ing put through his paces to find out if he will be­come a fully-fledged po­lice dog.

At just four months old, Billy is the youngest mem­ber of the force’s Dog Sec­tion.

At the end of the sum­mer he will face an as­sess­ment, and if he passes can then com­plete train­ing to be­come a po­lice dog (PD).

His han­dler, PC John Llewellyn, will spend this time get­ting Billy used to be­ing around other dogs and po­lice of­fi­cers on duty: “Billy has been liv­ing at home with my fam­ily and two other po­lice dogs – PD Dash, who is also a spaniel, and PD Cassie, a gen­eral pur­pose dog – for a few months.

“Un­til his as­sess­ment, I’ll take him out on op­er­a­tions and in to po­lice sta­tions.

“He’s al­ways a wel­come vis­i­tor and gets a lot of at­ten­tion!

“It helps him too be­cause it makes him more com­fort­able around peo­ple, which is im­por­tant. Spaniels are the per­fect breed for sniff­ing out drugs, cash, firearms or any­thing they are trained to, be­cause their noses are so pow­er­ful. Billy will be as­sessed when he’s nearly one to see if he can be trained.

“If he can’t, sadly I’ll have to re­home him. But I’m not think­ing about that for now.” If Billy passes all of his train­ing, he will re­place PD Dash, who has worked with John for 10 years. ■ Fol­low Billy’s progress and learn more about the work of Dyfed-powys Po­lice’s Dog Sec­tion by fol­low­ing @Dp­po­lice­dogs on Twit­ter.

PC John Llewellyn with Billy.

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