Lancashire police have a new recruit this Christmas.
Two-year-old Gwen the Springer spaniel has joined the force’s dog unit as a cadaver dog following four weeks of training.
The dog will specialise in searching for decomposing bodies and body parts, blood and bone and it can assist in finding crime scenes and assist the Crime Scene Investigators.
Living with its handler, the dog has a diet of dry food and will be in force until it retires in ten years time and will take to the streets this Christmas to police Lancashire.
Sgt Neil Fitzgerald from the Dog Unit said: “We have a variety of dogs that specialise in various practices form searching for money, cash, and drugs, to explosives and firearms. We did have a gap however for a cadaver dog and following the completion of a specialist course, Gwen has joined the ranks.
“Our dogs are used on a daily basis as part of day to day policing but of course when required to fulfil their specialist role, they will be available.
Gwen’s dog handler PC Katie Jones said: “I am really pleased to be given the opportunity to be paired up with Gwen. She has a very soft nature and is already fitting in with the daily routine of a working police life.
“She is also getting on well with my other dog, Hirro, an Alsatian who specialises in firearms. Hopefully Gwen will become an important member of the team and is able to assist detectives and crime scene investigators during investigations.”