A Nottinghamshire police dog and his handler have won the 2009 National Police Dog Championships.
PC Dave Buckley and police dog Chas scored 911 points from a maximum of 1000 at the police dog event in Kent.
The National Police Dog Championships is a four day event and ran from April 23rd to April 26th this year at Leeds Castle in Kent. Following the regional trials in February, Chas and Dave competed against 27 other police handler and dog teams at the national event, which was attended by over 19,000 people this year.
The winning team was presented with the Jordan Shield by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
PC Dave Buckley and Chas also picked up a range of other trophies – the William Palfry trophy for best criminal work, the Stanley Peck trophy for best obedience, the Brigadier Rymer-Jones trophy for highest marks in tracking and searching combined, the Commander Willis trophy for best search dog and the Alex Memorial trophy for highest marks in obedience and criminal work combined
This is not the first taste of success for Chas and Dave who also won the 2007 National Police Dog trials and are renowned amongst police dog sections, military and prison dog schools with their high arrest rate.
PC Buckley commented:
“Chas is brilliant. He’s the best dog I’ve ever had. He’s a very consistent, very happy dog. I knew he was capable of winning but at the end of the day he’s a dog and he makes his own mind up about how he’s going to perform.”
The inspector responsible for running the Nottinghamshire police dogs and mounted section, Inspector Kevin Guise, added:
“Dave has done exceptionally well. He’s a dedicated officer who puts in a lot of his own time to train his dog.”
Well done Chas and Dave!