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Northumbria's Police dog Quinn - qualifies for patrol

08 Dec 2017 11:46 AM

Police dogs Quinn and Inca [View Full Size]

Police Dog Quinn has just got her licence to patrol Northumbria's streets with proud Handler PC Hayley Raithby

Quinn, a Belgian Malinois, started her career with the force as one of six adorable puppies last summer when she was just 8 weeks old. Now she has fully grown into the role after being put through a series of drills which has equipped her for a career of crime fighting across the force.

Quinn is now a fully fledged crime-busting dog after completing a 3 month course to become a general purpose dog who lives and works with her handler.

She first met the public as a cute bundle of fur at several 'meet the pups events' held across the force, to get the youngsters used to being in the public gaze and encountering busy areas with lots of people.

Sergeant Jo Holland, of Northumbria's Dog Section said: "Quinn is a great dog, very enthusiastic and really enjoys her work. She's been straining at the leash for weeks now very keen to just get on with the job in hand. I'm really proud of her and know she's going to be a real asset to the force.

"Every day is different for our police dogs, they may be helping to find a missing person, dealing with public order crowds or tracking down a burglar. It you want to keep an eye on how Quinn and her colleagues are doing please follow us on twitter."

On the same day as police dog Quinn qualifies, her older colleague police dog Inca has come to the end of her working life with the force.

Inca was bred in force back in 2010 and today, now seven, is hanging up her collar to start enjoying her well deserved retirement with a new home.

Sergeant Holland added:" Inca has been a tremendous dog and will be much missed by her handler and canine colleagues. Our dogs are real personalities and although they all receive the same training to be a police dog each one brings a special element to the team. We wish Inca all the best and hope she enjoys a long and happy retirement."

Follow the dog section @NPDogSection Twitter account.

Pictured left to right: Quinn as a puppy, fully grown and Inca - happy retirement