Boots was made for policing - and that's just what he'll do!
An 18-month-old Labrador crossbreed called Boots who was in the care of Dogs Trust Basildon has officially passed his search training course for Essex Police.
Boots came into the rehoming centre as a stray at the end of August last year and was an incredibly nervous and worried dog. Colin Moy, special constable attached to the Dog Section at Essex Police came to the centre to visit the dogs and spent time with Boots, assessing his suitability to join the force.
Colin discovered that Boots had all of the key traits required when looking for police dogs; he was completely driven by a tennis ball, was very agile and loved to play hide and seek games. Having passed the initial assessment Boots was taken to Essex Police’s Dog Unit in Sandon where he was assessed by the trainers in a different environment, and tested with more complicated searches for the ball. Having really excelled in his assessment, Boots was placed on a six week search course with Police Dog Trainer PC Andy Gaw.
“It was a pleasure to have Police Dog Boots on the course, he showed the right attributes from the first day. I just needed to channel his energy and enthusiasm, he was keen to learn, very driven and bonded well with PC Rickwood. PD Boots improved with every day of the course and is now a happy, confident search dog doing a job he loves. I wish the team all the best in their new role and look forward to hearing about their successes.”
Boots’ handler PC Mark Rickwood said:
“When Boots first arrived at our kennels he was very timid and shy but he’s really come out of his shell and is growing in confidence every day. We don’t know an awful lot about his background but he showed all the signs of being a great working dog and did brilliantly in his training. I’m new to the Dog Unit and Boots is my first working dog. I feel really lucky to have him. He’s a really driven dog who is at his happiest when he’s working.”
Dogs Trust Basildon Rehoming Centre Manager Lisa Cooper added:
“When Boots came to us he really lacked confidence and was quite nervous. However, when Colin came to see us and spent time with him he became more self-assured and showed off his lovely character. He came alive when searching for tennis balls and really enjoyed the challenge. We’re delighted he’s found a forever home and so proud that he has become an integral member of the Essex police force!”
Boots will now work with Mark at Stansted Airport searching for drugs and cash. He even has his own Twitter account so you can follow his adventures: @PoliceDogBoots.