Tribute to police servant who dogged criminals

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A police force has paid a touching tribute to one of its finest – a dog who racked up more than 200 arrests in one year.

Police dog Roo received a commendation for his outstanding arrest rate after detaining 202 suspects at the age of five.

He retired four years ago after a six-year career with Avon and Somerset Police, where he was responsible for more than 70 per cent of canine catches.

The force has now paid tribute to Roo, after he died in his owner’s arms on Wednesday.

Roo’s handler, Pc Jim Hampson, said: “Roo was an absolutely brilliant police dog – the perfect partner. He was totally driven and exceptionally brave – saving my life on more than one occasion.”

Roo completed his training in 2004 and served with Pc Hampson in the dog unit for two years, during which they won the Paul Cannon Memorial Trophy, awarded to the dog team that has made the most progress.

They also achieved the highest arrest rate for a dog team in the force and won commendations for bravery.

Insp Andy Roebuck said: “Not every dog we start training makes it through to become an operational dog, it takes a lot and Roo was one of the best.”

Roo retired in 2009 and went to live with a friend of Pc Hampson, who visited him regularly.