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National OK9 network: North West, West Midlands and Northern Ireland

Say ‘hello’ to the OK9 wellbeing and trauma support dogs and their handlers in police forces in the North West, West Midlands, and Northern Ireland.

These dogs are all members of the national OK9 wellbeing and trauma support dog network and are able to attend the aftermath of a major incident to support those affected by trauma. They also get the opportunity to attend national events and to support our wellbeing outreach service. 

Harley

Harley in his OK9 wellbeing dog jacket sitting on wooden floor looking at the camera

 

  • Breed: Labradoodle
  • Likes: Treats, playing with other dogs and all humans
  • Favourite toy: Balls or tug toys
  • Character / traits: Good at mental stimulation games
  • Favourite food: All food

"I am PC Jane Tetlow a police officer. I’m attached to the Safer Schools with Harley. My Labradoodle joined myself and the force in January 2021. He is deep into his training and already making a huge difference everywhere he goes.

"Harley is a big hit, on top of station visits, the schools cannot wait to have Harley visit. He either works on a one-to-one basis or as part of a group in an assembly. This helps to break down barriers between the police and young people."

Bertie

Bertie wearing his OK9 wellbeing dog jacket sitting on grass

 

  • Breed: Working Cocker Spaniel
  • Likes: Walks and hugs
  • Favourite toy: Other dogs – loves to chase and wrestle
  • Character / traits: Extrovert, loving, affectionate, high energy
  • Favourite food: Roast chicken

Jane Crockett works in HR at the College of Policing. Jane said: "I really enjoy taking Bertie on OK9 visits to force. It gives people an opportunity to have a break from work and cuddle a very affectionate dog. I can also give people more information about all the resources available on Oscar Kilo."

Tara

Tara the Irish Setter OK9 wellbeing dog looking at the camera

 

  • Breed: Irish Setter
  • Likes: Other dogs
  • Favourite toy: Anything she can chew
  • Character / traits: Very friendly and loving - will steal socks
  • Favourite food: Poached eggs

Tara’s owner Belinda Mason is a sergeant in the PSNI. Tara is training to be a PTSD assistance dog for Belinda and also provides emotional support to her colleagues. Tara attends post-incident debriefs and peer support meetings and she accompanies Belinda to work every day.

Tara can be tasked to attend training sessions, public events, and even police interviews. She is excellent at starting the conversation around trauma and mental health in the workplace and shows that disability and trauma can be managed and supported in simple and innovative ways.

Truffles

OK9 wellbeing dog Truffles the Maltipoo looking at the camera

 

  • Breed: Maltipoo
  • Likes: Playing fetch, human food, and being mischievous
  • Favourite toy: Squeaky dinosaur
  • Character / traits: Loving, playful, and cheeky
  • Favourite food: Anything she can steal from her sister's bowl

Truffle's handlers are Student Officer Assessor PC Emma Dinning and Partnerships Manager Insp Paul Van Veen.

Emma said: "I am lucky to be able to call myself Truffles' mum, and love getting to see her in action, making people smile wherever she goes. She is having a huge impact with her cute, friendly demeanour and allows everyone she meets to have a fuss and open up."

Paul said: "I love seeing Truffles making everyone’s day that bit better."