Meet the new recruits
The furry crime-fighting duo will start active service later this week, using their super sense of smell to help their handlers locate illegal drugs, firearms, and cash gained from criminal enterprises.
The pups will partner up with PC Mark Richardson and PC Rob Kinley, two veteran officers of GMP's Tactical Dog Unit.
GMP announced the news via its Facebook page, giving followers a glimpse into the unique personalities of the four-legged patrol pups.
Posting about Ayla, GMP said:
"Despite her subdued look, she is a bundle of energy and power and her natural ability to search was shown on her course when she visited venues across Greater Manchester."
Here's them both together on graduation day. We're not sure who looks more proud, Murphy and Aayla or their handlers! pic.twitter.com/Zh7V728p2v— GMP Tactical Dog Unit (@GMPDogs) December 3, 2019
Murphy joined the force from Spaniel Aid, a rescue centre for abandoned spaniels. Staff noticed his potential as a working dog straight away.
Nicola Kebbell is a Trustee for Spaniel Aid. She said:
"Murphy came to us in February this year as an owner relinquishment. It was immediately obvious that he needed a job to do as he was extremely bouncy, energetic and ball mad."
"We are thrilled and proud to hear he has passed his training to be a police dog with Greater Manchester Police and wish him and his handler well."
More police dogs are on the way
And although they're the new kids on the block for now, it won't be too long before they're joined by a new class of rookie police cops.