Police Dog Cooper has become the first staffie to be used by a UK police force having been rescued by the RSPCA.
PD Cooper lived a tough life on the streets before someone called the RSPCA after they saw the malnourished dog roaming the streets.
Having been given a clean bill of health and after going through the appropriate intense and thorough training, Cooper is now on the Thin Blue Line in Staffordshire with his human partner PC Tim Ross.
The crime-fighting duo have already managed to take over £250,000 worth of drugs off of the streets, including heroin and cocaine.
PC Ross told Ladbible.com:
“Cooper was on the streets, he was picked up by RSPCA and was with them for seven months.
“It’s an amazing story – one day he was in the kennels, and now he’s a fully-fledged police dog.
“I have had Cooper since March 2018 and he joined the force the following month.
“I’m extremely privileged to have him – he’s an amazing dog and we have an amazing bond. It feels really good to have a staffie on the force.”
“Owners don’t always have experience with this breed of dog, which can be where some of the stereotypes about staffies come from,”
Ross added “The houses that we go into mainly have staffies so it’s a good step to be on side with them.
“Having PD Cooper when doing a raid because it’s a great ice breaker, people are always shocked that we are working a staffie – as either they have or they know someone who has one.
“But it’s weird, I have a Belgian Shepherd too and people stay on the same side of the road when I’m walking him, but when I’m walking Cooper people tend to cross to the opposite side.”
Police Dogs, or, ‘land sharks’ as they are affectionately referred to by the emergency services community, are a much loved and well respected part of the police family.
Police Dog Cooper proves that the ‘aggressive’ reputation that often accompanies this breed of dog is largely due to irresponsible owners who mistreat and abuse them.
However, with the right care and proper ownership, these dogs often prove to be incredibly loyal and hard working partners.
PD Cooper having a rest before his 2 night shifts. @StaffsPolice 😁🐾 pic.twitter.com/UHV3wNCCRO
— PD Cooper (@PoliceDogCooper) November 19, 2018
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He’s not the first in the UK. There’s at least 5 and they have been working since 2012.
Stella the staffie in Gloucester has been working with the police for years and she was an RSPCA rescue too