A new police dog will be sniffing out illegal drugs across Cambridgeshire.
Originally destined for a career with a police department in Hong Kong, 14 month old yellow Labrador Buddy was deemed unsuitable for their team and so was purchased by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit specifically with the drug detection role in mind.
Initially the training involved Buddy being able to identify various types of controlled substances when placed at the feet of a volunteer. As the course progressed the substances were hidden in more difficult places for the dog to detect.
Now, at the end of the course, Buddy is able to detect traces of controlled drugs on people even as they rush by. His super-tuned sense of smell will now be used at various locations, including sporting events and music festivals, across the three counties.
Sergeant Matt Spinks from the BCH Dog Unit said: “All of us in the team are very proud of Buddy and his handler completing this course and warmly welcome them to the unit.
“The pair will see the three forces armed with a new tool in the fight against the illegal use of drugs and the anti-social behaviour associated with it.”