The winner of the National Police Dog Trials 2017 was PC Tom McCrea from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, with his dog Mike pictured
They were tested on obedience and agility as well as criminal work including searching, tracking and tackling ‘armed offenders’ in a series of realistic exercises.
The event was hosted by Tri Force Specialist Operations, which provides specialist policing support across the Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire policing areas.
Twenty handlers from across the country put their dogs through challenging scenarios at locations in Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Wiltshire over the weekend Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May.
Tri Force Inspector Shane Hawkings said: "Police dogs and their handlers are constantly training and these trials are an opportunity to showcase the key role they play in policing.
“The dogs provide invaluable support in the police response to a wide variety of incidents, including searching for missing people, drugs, cash and explosives.
“We were really proud to host these trials which aim to share best practice and help us continue to drive up standards."
Tri Force were represented by PC Andy Jerreat and his dog Elmo pictured and we're delighted to report that he came first in one of the three sections of the competition, which involved obedience and criminal work.
While the event was not open to the public, children from local schools were invited to see some of the dogs in action at the most spectator-friendly phase, held in North Somerset.
They saw the dogs have their obedience tested in distracting circumstances and how they work with their handlers to detain suspects. They were also given tips on staying safe from road policing officers and Avon Fire & Rescue Service.
Posted on Thursday 25th May 2017