LANCASHIRE Constabulary has some new recruits – three German Shepherd puppies.
15-week-old Theia, four-month-old Major and seven-month-old Ruby joined the force over recent weeks.
They will all spend time at the police headquarters on a regular basis and, if they are found to be suitable, they will undergo training with a view to becoming operational police dogs.
Theia lives at home with Police Dog Unit Sgt Nick Everett, his family and their three other dogs. Ruby lives at police headquarters and Major lives with a volunteer puppy walker.
Sgt Everett said: “These three young dogs are a welcome addition to the force.
“They are all very vocal and they have certainly let the other police dogs know they’re around.
“Theia’s hobbies are eating – her favourites are trainers, socks and cushions – sleeping and playing with her friends. She also likes to play a game of chase with a brush and bark at herself in the mirror.
“I am enjoying having Theia around and I’m looking forward to caring for her, along with Major and Ruby, over coming months and hopefully seeing them go on to become police dogs.”
Lancashire Constabulary has a total of 37 operational police dogs. In addition the police dog unit currently has 14 dogs including Theia, Major and Ruby who are in training or assessment.
The dogs are involved in a wide-range of policing duties including drugs and explosives detection. They undergo intensive training which can last up to 13 weeks.
The police are always looking for new dogs to recruit. Anyone with unwanted German Shepherds, Labradors, Springer Spaniels or Malinois should contact Sgt Nick Everett on 01772 412640.