MEET Jerry – a 19-month-old Springer Spaniel.
But this is no ordinary pooch. As Lancashire Police’s newest crime fighter, Jerry has already sniffed out drug dens in Kirkham.
The police have high hopes for the hyperactive dog, which has a good detection record after also finding cannabis and amphetamine in Preston and Burnley.
Jerry, who lives with his dog handler PC Stephen Wallwork, will specialise in drug and weapon recovery.
Sgt Nick Everett, from the police dog unit, said: “Jerry is hyperactive, lots of fun and an excellent police dog. We are delighted to have him working with us and hope to see him detecting large quantities of drugs and weapons over the coming years.
“Police dogs are an integral part of operational policing in Lancashire and we are grateful to the benevolent fund for funding Jerry and for their ongoing support.”
Four people were arrested following the Kirkham drug raids, which gave Jerry a chance to shine.
Officers wearing riot gear stormed properties on Birley Street and Preston Street in Kirkham on Friday, May 20.
Jerry’s trusted nose hunted out bags of cannabis bush which led to the arrest of two 19-year-old men, a 21-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman on drugs charges.
Both have now been released on police bail until June 23, pending further inquiries.
Jerry, who was bought for the police by the retired Lancashire police dog benevolent fund, joined the force last year and has since undertaken official police training, making him a certified police dog.
The retired Lancashire police dog benevolent fund provides financial support to police dogs who are retired due to illness or injury.
Sheila Maw, chairman of the retired Lancashire police dog benevolent fund said: “It is the first time we have funded a police dog and we hope he will be a welcome addition to the force.”
Lancashire Constabulary has a total of 36 operational police dogs and 15 dogs in training or assessment.
All operational narcotics police dogs undergo an intensive six-week training course where they are introduced to drugs and weapons and taught how to do searches.
To find out more about the charity, log on to www.retiredpolicedogs.co.uk.