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Cumbria Police Dogs Climbing The Force Ranks

Harley and Sansa enjoying the sun after the end of their training.

Two Cumbria police dogs have completed training to become the best in the force.

Harley and Sansa are the constabulary's first forensic search dogs and the north west's only drowned victim recovery dogs.

After weeks of training at Ferry Nab in Windermere, the two will take some time off before starting their new roles. 

Harley’s handler, PC Barrie Cox, said : “In just two weeks it’s amazing what both Harley and Sansa have achieved.

“We’ve used pig’s flesh in training as studies have shown it to mimic human flesh as close as is possible, and we became the first force to import human bones to train with for this purpose. It’s important that we get it right, so that the dogs can be used to their full potential.

“Unfortunately, with the many lakes, rivers, and rural areas that we have in Cumbria, there are people that need to be recovered from the water, and it makes absolute sense that we are able to search for them in this way to bring closure to the impacted families."

Sergeant Stuart Woodward said: “I am proud to have handlers that show a real determination in bringing such a specialist skill to not only our Force but also to the North West Region.  

"The dogs have shown amazing progress with their training and this is yet another example of how as a department we constantly evolve to meet the needs of the public."

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