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It’s a dog’s life as new recruits graduate with flying colours!

Graduate Police DogsFantastic news as Cooper, Archie and Barry, have all passed their dog training this morning and are now fully fledged police dogs for Staffordshire Police!

PD Cooper became the force’s first ever Staffordshire Bull Terrier when he joined in March after leaving the RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre.

He was selected for a role at Staffordshire Police by Lee Webb, dog trainer for Avon and Somerset Police.  Lee has close links with the Taunton based animal centre and has experience in training Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Cooper joined fellow police dogs Archie and Barry for an intensive six-week training course and today they all graduate with flying colours.

Lee Webb, Avon & Somerset Police, said:

“Staffordshire Police are leading the way in showing that there’s more to this breed of dogs as Staffies seem to get an unfair reputation. They’re showing that you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and Cooper is a fine example of that as he has surpassed all expectations with what he has learnt during the past six weeks.”

John Maunders, Head Dog Trainer for Staffordshire Police, added:

“I’ve really enjoyed being the Lead Instructor and I’d like to thank all of our officers and dogs for their hard work, commitment and application to learning on this training course. I wish them all good luck in their operational searches and will see them again soon for some continuation training.”

PC Tim Moss, PD Cooper’s dog handler, said:

“Cooper and I would like to congratulate the rest of the course graduates, PC Ruth Jones with PD Barry, and PC Rob Mountford and PD Archie, who have also passed. We have been so supportive of each other and it’s been a great learning experience. We couldn’t have done it without the support of John Maunders.”

Don’t forget to follow PD Cooper on all his latest adventures by following his official Twitter account @PoliceDogCooper

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