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New statue to honor police dogs is made out of seized knives and guns

Dogs play a vital role in helping police tackle crime dog-happy
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West Mercia Police honored their furry, four-legged officers by building a statue to celebrate the bravery and loyalty of the police canines who help keep us safe.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 14/10/2019, 20:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:23

The new statue stands outside the police headquarters in Hindlip, Worcester. It was created free of charge by a team of ironworkers and sculptures from the British Ironworkers Centre in Oswestry.

A police officer's best friend

It was built using materials from seized knives and decommissioned guns and will stand as "an incredible reminder of the hard work, dedication, and bravery of the dogs."

A national dog memorial was unveiled earlier this year in Essex, but the new statue is the first made of seized weapons.

Clive Knowles, chairman at the British Ironworkers Centre, oversaw the project. He said:

"It will be the first one that's ever been created using weapons and blades."

Police dog handlers brought their furry partners to the unveiling, and there were two very special guests in attendance - former handler Mike Davey and retired police pooch Bacca.

Last year, Bacca was awarded the  PDSA's Gold Medal award after protecting his human from a vicious knife assault during an arrest. Bacca received several slash wounds to the head but still managed to subdue the attacker. PC Mike Davey said:

"He saved my life that night...He's my hero."

Richard Hooker was on the judging panel for the PDSA Gold medal  He was overwhelmed by all the stories of animal bravery, but there could only be one winner:

"Bacca's unstinting devotion to duty and determination to protect his handler, " said Richard. "Despite sustaining serious injuries, makes him a worthy recipient of the PDSA Gold Medal."

Some very good boys and girls

There are around 2,500 police dogs on active duty in the UK. Commonly used breeds include the German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, and Springer Spaniel.