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Tribute to Retired Police Dog CLYDE

Posted on 3rd October, 2015

Tribute to Retired Police Dog CLYDE

by his Handler Mick Pickard


My name is Mick Pickard and I had the real privilege of being the handler that was chosen to handle Clyde on the basic course of February 2007.  Clyde was one of the first dogs that Essex Police acquired through a police breeding scheme, he came from The Metropolitan Police in London and was first puppy walked in Chelmsford before coming to me in January 2007.

Clyde completed his basic course with good all-round ability in all disciplines with a very good nose for tracking, at this point we hit the mean streets of Essex. 



Clyde had already worked his way into the hearts of my wife Louise, two daughters; Courteney and Jordan and myself.



Clyde and I went onto have a very successful career on the dog section with Clyde's ability allowing me to make numerous arrests for a wide range of offences.  He was widely considered by many throughout his period on the section as potentially the best tracking dog Essex Police had at the time.  One stand out job amongst many was in the early hours of the morning when a report of three males at Colchester railway station were robbing a male.  On our arrival we saw the three males scaling a six foot fence attempting to escape.  We immediately detained the last male scaling the fence - he dropped to his feet and gave up on see Clyde !  The other two got over the fence and split up.   We started to track after them - this led us back up to the train tracks where we detained another male, leaving one more bad guy to catch.   We returned to the area where I believed they had first split up - Clyde picked up the track straight away and following a lengthy track over gates and through numerous fields, we found the last male in the middle of a field hiding.


Clyde enjoyed every aspect of his life, both at home and work, however you could always see the want in him to get to work and do what he loved.




Clyde had a very successful trials record representing

Essex Police at all levels. 





We first entered the force trials in 2008 as a novice team. At the time Clyde had a nose infection which hampered his ability a little, however he was still given a Good Certificate for our efforts.

In 2009 we again entered the force trials with us finishing second with an Excellent Certificate and claiming the Man Work Trophy along the way.  Due to this result we represented Essex Police in the Regional dog trials held in Suffolk in March 2010.  We did well and learnt a lot for what would be a good showing and our best results the next year.  At the end of 2010 we entered the force trials again and in many people's minds we were favourite to lift the Force Trophy.  We didn't disappoint as we won the Force Trials with our highest score to date and another Excellent Certificate.  Clyde also went on to win the Man Work Trophy, the Obedience Trophy and the one I really wanted - The Tracking Trophy.   Due to our success we again represented Essex Police at the Regional Trials held in March 2011 - another successful trials here meant we went onto represent Essex Police at The National Trials finishing a very respectful eleventh.


Clyde retired from the Dog Section in April 2013 as I left to get promoted.   He enjoyed his retirement, however, you could see he always had a yearning to go back to work.  In our spare time we still carried on doing all the disciplines that he had learnt during his service on the section.

On 16th September 2015 we had to rush Clyde to the vets; he was struggling to get up and had lost the spark he had every day.  The vets took him in and immediately started to operate on him.  Within the hour we had the news we were fearing, Clyde was suffering from cancer which had spread to numerous areas.  The heart breaking decision was made and three days later Clyde was returned to us to be buried in one of his favourite spots in our garden.


Clyde was loved by everyone who surrounded him and immediately by all who met him. 

Clyde will be sorely missed but always remembered for the joy he brought to all of us.



I would like to thank the Committee of

Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund for all their assistance and kind words.

RIP Police Dog Clyde - Loyal to the very end.

(Published October 2015)

Retired Police Dog Quincy

Posted on 23rd March, 2014


My name is Quincy and I have been retired from the Essex Police Dog Section for two years.
I was first introduced to my handler in January 2006. I was handed over by my previous owners at a service station in Essex and spent my first two days at the dog sections kennels and meeting the lovely kennel staff.   My name was Prince but there was another dog on the course with the same name and so my handler and the course instructor came up with Quincy.  A first for Essex Police I understand.
I am not sure of my real age but I guess I was about one year old and I had recently been castrated and I was embarrassed that my hair had not grown back. Come to think of it I always have had a dislike for the vets. 
I loved my handler instantly as all she wanted to do was play.  What a great life.   After everything she asked me to do we had game time.   By March we had completed our course and were now officially “Licensed to bite” as I like to call it.   I loved going to work and soon learnt that the Police Dog van would always take me to more fun.
I used to tease the people who thought I looked cuddly like a teddy bear.   I let them look but if they got too close I would launch myself towards them and bark.   My handler always stopped me though and I use to enjoy it when they jumped backwards.
In the August of 2006 I was involved in what was later called ‘The Great Chesterford Riot’.   This is when I really discovered how cruel people can be. My handler and I were pelted with all sorts of objects from small gas canisters, crop from the fields and fence posts.   One person tried to get his dog to fight me.   I felt sorry for the dog, he was more scared than I was.   I am still on alert when anyone walks their dog near me. 
In 2008 I took part, for the first time, in the Essex Police Dog Section Force trials.  This is where each dog and handler are tested on all their skills and points awarded.    If you achieved a certain percentage you were awarded a certificate of merit. There were three standards, Good, Very Good and Excellent.   I had a great time and at the end of the three days I awarded a Very Good Certificate. Then a bonus, we came third overall and had qualified for the Eastern Regional Police Dog Trials in March 2009.
In the March I competed against 12 dogs from across the Eastern region.   It was an eye opener and an experience I will remember with fond memories. 
During my six years with Essex Police I helped my handler catch a number of people who had ran off from Police.  Tracking was not my strong point but I still got some results.   I particularly liked searching buildings and open areas.  It was just a shame my handler had to challenge, warning them first, as most gave up.   I also found a lot of property; one of the best results was in the early hours.   An officer had approached a car and the occupant threw something out onto the grass in front.  When I arrived a number of officers had given up looking and watched me as I started to search.  The face the driver pulled when I indicated to my handler to what he had thrown was a picture I will never forget. Another one to me and zero to the bad guys.
In the last couple of years of my service I had to share the lime light with the now retired Police Dog Ralph.  RPD Ralph is a Springer Spaniel and was trained to find drugs, cash and weapons recovery. The stories he used to tell me!!
When I retired in February 2012 I was fortunate to be kept by my handler.  I found it hard to hand over the reins to my replacement Police Dog Frankie. She protects my handler now and I get to hear all about her fun!   I have now had the chance to see the world outside of Essex and have been taken on lots of days out and holidays.   When staying anywhere overnight I do still have to search each room of the building just to make sure that no one is hiding . Old habits!
I am now enjoying a second career as a muse . My owners love to take photographs and I have been fortunate to have been chosen for the front cover picture on the Essex Retired Police Dog Fund 2014 Calendar.           
My owner has not had to call on the services of the ERPDF to date but I am reassured that the help is there for them, to help me, if needed.
Retired Police Dog Quincy.

Retired Police Dog TAZ

Posted on 1st January, 2014


My name is Elaine. RPD Taz was two and half when he was given to me. I had worked two police dogs before. Taz was my third.
The first thing that struck me was how big and handsome he was. A classic black and tan shepherd. He was very bright and bubbly, happy to play and we bonded very quickly.We had our 3 month training course late 2005 which he sailed through. We hit the streets of Essex just before Christmas. I never felt Taz would let me down, he focused and worked every time I asked him to.  
He found burglars and all kinds of fleeing suspects. He also found vulnerable people. For example a woman who had doused herself in fuel and walked into a country park at night. He tracked to where she was and we found her with matches in her hand, so we could ensure she was given the help she needed.   On another occasion, a young woman who was very ill with cancer, ran away from ambulance staff. Taz found her hiding in a garden.  
Taz has appeared on the Interceptors TV programme, and on the news when the public met him at the police museum open day. He attended many schools, helped train probationer police officers and gave a small demonstration and personal time to a severely autistic child who didn’t speak, but drew a picture of Taz. He has always enjoyed these events and loves the fuss. He has also guarded AIR FORCE 1, the plane used by the American President.
Taz retired in July 2011 aged 8 years. Having been a dog handler for almost 9 years I decided to move on to work in another area of the Police and kept him. Taz needed treatment for an infected prostate. The treatment hasn’t worked so in March 2012 he had a castration in the hope this will calm his testosterone level and stop the infection. If this doesn’t work he will require a scan. His treatment has been expensive.  
Shortly after he retired he began to pass blood. I did not get him insured, he had always been fit and it wasn’t easy to find a company who would cover him straight away, aged 8 and an ex police dog.       

Taz has given me and the people of Essex so much and in the 6 years he patrolled he touched many lives. The least I can do is make sure he has the longest happiest and loved retirement I can give him.       

Retired Police Dogs JO and MAX

Posted on 1st January, 2014


Andy writes: "I had RPD Jo (now deceased) from a puppy in 1994 and passed out with her in 1995. She worked until 2002/3 and I had her as a pet until mid 2006 when she died. Unfortunately she suffered from pancreatitis which was instrumental in her having a stomach torsion whilst still working."  

"Jo needed medication for the pancreatitis throughout her life which cost about £45 per month. On top of this she needed steroid drops for an eye condition that cost £5 to £6 per month. She therefore cost me about £50 per month for the 4 years I had her as a pet. This was in addition to the normal costs of food, vet visits and booster costs."

RPD Max (deceased)    "I re handled Max in 2003 and worked him until my retirement in 2009"    

The main medical issue with him was eczema for which he had a continuous low dose steroid costing about £15 per month.

"He  had Cosequin (glucosomine) every day at a cost of £50 for 120 capsules. I would estimate the cost of feeding him to be about £30 per month."       "I would say the main problem in having a retired GP dog is someone to look after them whilst you go away."

Sadly RPD Max is no longer with us.