Force's longest-serving police dog retires

Police dog Brewster retires PNL-160119-122432001Police dog Brewster retires PNL-160119-122432001
Police dog Brewster retires PNL-160119-122432001
The longest-serving canine constable in Bedfordshire has retired after more than ten years on the beat.

Brewster, a 13-year-old spaniel, enjoyed an illustrious career with Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit’s as a drugs, cash and weapons dog.

He originally came from North Yorkshire, where his owners decided to gift him to the police after realising he had too much energy for them.

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Within three weeks, the naturally-inquisitive canine was fully-trained and licensed as a drugs, cash and weapons detection dog.

The springy Spaniel, who has different coloured eyes, began active service in August 2005 and has been on patrol with his handler ever since.

He has taken part in multi-agency operations at service stations on key roads including the M1 and M25, playing his part in stopping the transport of illegal drugs and cash.

Additionally, he worked at Luton airport where he was tasked with detecting items being smuggled into and out of the country.

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The Spaniel’s retirement will be spent in company with his handler where he will be able to enjoy all of his favourite past-times including chasing tennis balls, swimming in rivers, eating dog treats and napping.

Head of the BCH Dog Unit, Inspector Mark Farrant, said: “Brewster has truly been an outstanding asset not only to our team but to numerous officers across the three counties.

“His super nose has undoubtedly contributed to the arrest and prosecution of a large number of people. His acute sense of smell has led to the seizure of drugs and cash during warrants and operations, saving a lot of time and resources in the process.

“We are very grateful to Brewster for his service, as he and his handler formed such a formidable duo during their time together, and hope he will now enjoy a well-earned relaxing and healthy retirement.”