New tricks for police dog Kelly

Kelly with trainer PC Pete Gray
Kelly with trainer PC Pete Gray

Kelly, the German Shepherd, is almost ready to join the police pack of 10 – and her trainer is sad to see her go.

She joined Northants Police as a puppy 16 months ago but Kelly can now track a scent for miles, search buildings and woods and follow obedience commands.

For the past year, Kelly has been looked after by the Dog Section's trainer, PC Pete Gray, and is now almost fully grown. PNL-141028-162010001

For the past year, Kelly has been looked after by the Dog Section's trainer, PC Pete Gray, and is now almost fully grown. PNL-141028-162010001

She will soon start agility work as her bones have become fully developed ahead of joining the working pack in two months time.

Kelly has also begun bite work, which allows her to stop a suspect on command from her handler by holding on to their arm.

Trainer PC Pete Gray said: “Kelly has had the best possible start and this will lay the foundation to her becoming a successful working police dog.

“Having her from a puppy means we have complete knowledge of what she has experienced and know what she is capable of.

“She’s a very happy and intelligent animal and I’m confident she will make a great working dog.

“This is the hard part as it’s going to be difficult to hand her over to a colleague.

“She has been by my side for the past year and I will miss her, though happily I will still be involved in her training.”