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Success for Surrey at the National Police Dog Trial

Published on: 10 Apr, 2013
Updated on: 10 Apr, 2013
Surrey PC Graham Lightfoot and police dog Chester

Surrey PC Graham Lightfoot and police dog Chester

Police dog Chester and his handler PC Graham Lightfoot have achieved the highest ever placing for Surrey Police at the National Police Dog Trials in South Wales by being placed 3rd overall.

Twenty-one police dogs and their handlers from forces across the UK  took part in the annual competition, which is designed to test the dogs and their handlers on a number of operational scenarios, including tracking over distance, searching for property, crowd control, premises searching and obedience work.

They are also required to display their abilities to chase and detain, and to deal with armed persons.

As well as finishing in third place overall, PC Lightfoot and his dog Chester also won the Phase One Trophy and came in joint first place for the Tracking Trophy.

Surrey Police’s Dog Training School Manager John Best said: “The exercises are based on operational scenarios and give an opportunity to benchmark our dogs and handlers against others from all over the UK. This was an excellent result for Graham and the Dog Section in general, confirming our standards are up with the best.”

Both Chester and PC Lightfoot are based at Mount Browne police headquarters but can be deployed anywhere in the county.

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