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Plymouth Police dog wins national service award

Posted by: David Howells  Date: 04/08/2013   Category: Latest News

A police dog from Plymouth has been crowned the Service Dog of the year, royalnavy.mod.uk reports.

Three-year-old Belgian Shepherd Jura attended the British Police and Services Canine Association Dog Trials along with handler Police Constable Simon Hill. Jura didn’t come away empty paw-ed, however, but instead brought the event’s top award home to Plymouth.

The trials saw Jura and Hill show off their skills at a number of disciplines that are everyday requirements of police and service dogs. Jura excelled despite the pressure of the competition and sheer number of people watching, eventually going on to win the overall Service Dog of the Year award and coming third in the Criminal Works section.

In taking the crown, Jura beat off competition from not only police forces from across Britain but also dog handlers from the prison service, Army, RAF and Ministry of Defence Police.

Much of Jura’s success can be attributed to the amount of time he has spent with Hill, who took the pooch in when he was just an eight-week old puppy. Jura still lives and works with Hill and even shares a birthday with his daughter.

Despite taking the national award, Jura won’t be able to retire to his dog beds just yet. In fact, Hill claimed that such a move would only disappoint the dog, who likes nothing better than heading off to work.

“Jura is a confident and exuberant dog who is as happy playing ball as when he is working,” Hill told thisisplymouth.co.uk. “He is a general purpose Police dog who excels in the criminal work and as a dog team we have achieved the advanced level of licensing for the past two years.”