Puppies for police

THIS cheeky German shepherd puppy, seen with police dog handler Pc Ian Jefferies, is one of a litter of eight which were born to two-year-old police dog Cici a fortnight ago at South Yorkshire Police’s dog training school.

The puppies will stay at the centre, off Penistone Road, until they are two months old. Then, for the first year, they’ll be looked after by vetted volunteers before being trained as police dogs.

Harry Morton, who manages the training school, said: “During the three years that we’ve run the breeding scheme we’ve supplied dogs all over the country...there’s currently a shortage of good quality German shepherd police dogs, so I’d expect us to place all eight pups.”

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The dog training school has also recently become only the sixth of its kind nationwide to be approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers. Mr Morton added: “It is recognised by other countries throughout the world as an award that guarantees excellent standards.” PICTURE: CHRIS LAWTON