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8th November 2016

Paterson Welcomes New Police Pooch Recruit To Stirling

Steven Paterson meets Otis

Stirling MP Steven Paterson has welcomed one of Police Scotland’s newest recruits to the Forth Valley area, Chase – a 7-month-old German Shepard.

Steven Paterson meets Otis

(From left) Sergeant Simon Young, Otis (specialist search dog), Steven Paterson MP, Chase (trainee general purpose police dog), PC Andy Inglis.

Meeting with Sergeant Simon Young and Constable Andy Inglis – both of the Police Scotland Dog Unit based in Larbert – Mr Paterson was introduced to a number of working police dogs who have just finished on a training exercise in the Stirling area.

7-month-old Chase (pictured) will be working across the whole Forth Valley area (including Stirling) when he replaces Kai who is due for retirement in the next year or so. As a general purpose dog, Chase will be assisting officers with routine duties including attending events and carrying out operations.

Also pictured, Otis, a working Specialist Search Dog who’s keen nose is instrumental in helping officers carrying out searches.

Commenting, Steven Paterson said:

 “I was delighted to meet with Sergeant Young and PC Inglis and introduce myself to one of Police Scotland’s newest recruits, Chase. It was great to see the bond that officers and working dogs have and it is clear to see that this relationship and level of dedication goes a long way in helping the police keep our streets safe.

 “Each dog has its own specialist role in the service such as tracking missing persons, detecting drugs, or tracing lost property and the level of training required is meticulous with incredible results. I look forward to hearing of Chase’s progress with Police Scotland and wish Kai a long and happy retirement for when it comes.”