Paw and order: meet police’s newest recruits

Furball: this adorable pup will one day be fighting crime alongside police. Below: Dog handler Steve Norman welcomes the new drug dog recruits from Maggie Gwynne whose charity donated them
Furball: this adorable pup will one day be fighting crime alongside police. Below: Dog handler Steve Norman welcomes the new drug dog recruits from Maggie Gwynne whose charity donated them
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IT’S hard to believe this impossibly cute bundle of fur could one day be fiercely fighting crime in Calderdale.

The adorable pup and his eight brothers and sisters are West Yorkshire Police’s newest recruits, and one of the biggest litters the force has bred.

18th August 2011.  West Yorkshire Police kennel's in Wakefield. Doghandler Steve Norman welcomes the new drug dog recruits from Maggie Gwynne whose charity donated them.

18th August 2011. West Yorkshire Police kennel's in Wakefield. Doghandler Steve Norman welcomes the new drug dog recruits from Maggie Gwynne whose charity donated them.

Inspector Lorna Meredith said: “We started because it was very difficult to get the right quality of dog. Now, over half our German Shepherds are from our puppy scheme.”

The four-week-olds will follow in their older siblings’ pawprints to become general purpose dogs, used in tracking, searching, and maintaining public order.

Inspector Meredith said: “The work dogs do is unique. Often it can’t be done by an officer, or a dog can do it more quickly, thus freeing us up to serve the public in other ways.”

The force’s sniffer dog team has also welcomed two new recruits, Juno and Harley, funded by the charity SNUKI.

Founder Maggie Gwynne said: “Dog sections are under-funded and don’t always have money to replace dogs that are sick or retiring and bring in new blood. What we do is fund-raise to do that.” Anyone interested in volunteering locally can visit www.sduki.org.uk.