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Jaw re­cruit Harper to be trained for role sup­port­ing po­lice

Staines Informer - - NEWS - Paul Harper

THIS play­ful 11-week-old puppy may look cute and cud­dly, but she will grow into a fear­some crime fighter.

The sable Ger­man shep­herd, named Harper, is set to be­come a key as­set to po­lice of­fi­cers.

The gen­eral pur­pose dog will track, chase and de­tain sus­pects, search for stolen prop­erty and miss­ing peo­ple, and as­sist pub­lic or­der units with crowd con­trol.

To­gether with her crime­fight­ing col­leagues, Harper will be used to catch even the most cun­ning crim­i­nals.

Sur­rey Po­lice ken­nel mas­ter Emma Coles ex­plained: “Harper is still very young and she’s cer­tainly keep­ing her foster toes.

“But, all go­ing to plan, she will be is­sued to a han­dler in De­cem­ber be­fore go­ing on a full train­ing course in Jan­uary.

“Gen­eral pur­pose dogs are in­valu­able in the way of­fi­cers work to fight crime.

“They are part of a team and they sup­port their han­dlers as much as their han­dlers sup­port them.

“With­out a po­lice dog, of­fi­cers may not be able to find a miss­ing per­son or track down a wanted crim­i­nal.”

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Harper was among a lit­ter of four pup­pies, all of which will go through the same process as her in a bid to be­come gen­eral pur­pose po­lice dogs.

The task of nam­ing Harper was given to a group of school­child­ren who were for­tu­nate enough to be vis­ited by her and Ms Coles.

Kerri Martin, from the City of Lon­don Freemen’s School in Ashtead, ex­plained: “We were look­ing through Twit­ter and no­ticed that one of the po­lice dogs was hav­ing pup­pies, so we asked if we could see one. Much to our sur­prise, we not only had a visit from Harper but we were also in­vited to name her.

“We’re all so grate­ful for the visit and we hope Harper goes on to catch a lot of crim­i­nals.”

Harper’s have also named.

Hero-Diesel was named af­ter the po­lice dog that lost its life in the Paris ter­ror­ist at­tacks, Hope was named by Sur­rey Po­lice in­ter­nally and Hec­tor was named by a woman who of­fered to pro­vide a sub­stan­tial do­na­tion to char­ity to name the puppy af­ter her hus­band. three been sib­lings of­fi­cially

Lead­ing crime­fighter: Puppy Harper, a sable Ger­man shep­herd, should prove an as­set to Sur­rey po­lice when she passes her full train­ing course next year.

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