Bromley police puppies get sniff of life on the frontline
PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 January 2011
The long leash of the law was on patrol at a shopping centre as a canine police team hit the streets for the first time.
The five German Shepherd puppies, born on November 11, were scampering around the Glades Shopping Centre in High Street, Bromley.
It was the first big day out for the Poppy Day born litter from the Metropolitan Police dog school in Layhams Road, Keston.
Instructor PC Martin Parker said: “This is the start of a long training process.
“These puppies will form 80 per cent of their temperament in the first 16 weeks so this is important for them. Like babies they can get tired and we are careful not to overdo it.”
The eight-week-old pups now live at home with their handlers and this helps to keep a strong bond between the two and as well as their given ‘Remembrance’ names most of the dogs are also given pet names by their officer carers. PC Parker added: “The puppies’ parents were both police dogs so they will have a strong desire to work.”
They will go on to become general use dogs in a team of about 250 metropolitan police canines helping to disarm violent criminals or seek out hidden weapons.
Karen Pennings, from West Wickham, whose son Thomas was delighted when he got to meet puppy Maher at the centre, said: “They are absolutely lovely - what a treat.”
PC Parker used the opportunity to call on dog-lovers to contact the Keston dog school if they can volunteer to walk the puppies or act as minders to other dogs. You can contact the school on 020 8649 1661.