Archive for January 5th, 2008

January 5th, 2008

A Dog’s Life

Posted in The Job - General by 200

It hasn’t been the best week if you happen to be a police dog handler.

PC Katie Johnson, a dog handler with Lancashire Police, was shot in the leg by armed criminals when she confronted them escaping from a raid in a pub in Bamber Bridge on New Year’s Eve. Thankfully she was not killed and later released from hospital after treatment to remove shotgun pellets from her leg.

Then on the 3rd of January several police officers were attacked in Swindon. Five officers were injured one being a dog handler who was stabbed in the head. Again, thankfully, his injuries were not life-threatening.

Also this week Police Dog Stryker, a Belgian Malinois with the Oceanside Police in California, detained a male who had made off from a road traffic accident. Having stopped on a bridge over San Diego Bay the dog’s handler let Stryker go. The dog promptly apprehended the offender who then picked up the dog and jumped 200 feet over the bridge into the water below. Police Dog Stryker died, sadly the offender survived the incident.

These incidents remind us how close some police officers come to not going home at the end of a shift.