Spud and his handler Chris are an amazing team who bring smiles to everyone they meet. Chris happily gives up his free time on his days off to take Spud into offices and to event within Dorset Police, showing the teams they visit Spud's tricks and skills, listening to and offering help and support in any way he can.
I still hold a huge interest in dog training and also a strong belief in the welfare of all my police colleagues. Being an OK9 handler is hugely rewarding.
Spud and I have received huge amounts of positive feedback from those we have met. It takes me back to my time on the dog section, where I was lucky enough to travel the length and breadth of Dorset helping my colleagues and the public.
Spud has met with individuals who have been struggling and is always happy to oblige with a cuddle. He was the star of the show at the recent in force emergency services day and regularly attends events to promote the good work of OK9 and the wellbeing dogs. He is one in a million.
Well done, Spud.