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VIDEO: Police pups star in online series at Keston dog training unit

PUBLISHED: 17:38 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:38 18 April 2013

One of the stars of the new Puppy Police Academy.

One of the stars of the new Puppy Police Academy.

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London's latest policing recruits have been let off the leash at their training base in Keston.

A litter of German Shepherds pups will have their progress at MPS Dog Training Establishment, in Layhams Road, charted through a series of Youtube videos called Puppy Police Academy.

The puppies, currently just seven weeks old, will be seen going through their initial testing period, as well as being allocated to handlers, introduced to the public and graduating at their passing out parade.

General purpose dogs are trained to locate suspects, missing people and property, recover firearms and support officers during incidents of public disorder.

However, not all the pups are cut out for life in the force and the series of videos will show the pooches destined for the life of a beloved family pet.

Insp Lynette Pearce said: “The world class training facility boasts in excess of 100 purpose-built kennels, providing veterinary support for all dogs. I am pleased to allow the cameras in to offer a glimpse of the fantastic and dedicated work of all the highly trained dog handlers.”

All the dogs featured have been named in honour of charity Dreamflight - which offers a once in a lifetime trip for ill children and has been supported by the Dog Unit for 10 years.

For more information on Puppy Police Academy, visit facebook.co.uk/metpoliceuk.

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