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Top Dog – PD Ash and handler Nick Dalrymple are national champions

PC Nick Darymple with PD Ash and their trophies
PC Nick Dalrymple with PD Ash and their trophies

We’re really proud of PC Nick Dalrymple and his dog Ash who won this year’s National Police Dog Trials.

It’s the first time in the competition’s 59 year history that an officer has won the title twice, competing with two different dogs. PC Dalrymple triumphed with PD Aden, now retired, in 2013.

PC Darymple with PD Ash and retired dog Aden
PC Dalrymple with PD Ash left) and retired dog Aden right)

Gwent Police hosted the three-day event at Tredegar House, Newport. Dogs and handlers from 18 UK police forces competed for the title in a tightly-fought contest.

The event was open to the public to watch as the teams were tested on their obedience, agility and criminal work. The judges described Nick and PD Ash’s performance as “amazing”.

This video shows them in action, with Ash tackling armed ‘suspects’.

Temporary Chief Inspector Shane Hawkings heads Avon and Somerset Police’s tactical support unit, which includes the dog section.

He said: “PC Dalrymple and PD Ash performed exceptionally well. I am extremely proud of having had two dog teams represent Avon and Somerset Police at this year’s National Police Dog Trials. Both PC Dalrymple and PC Phil Huggett have a great track record in protecting the communities we serve. As well as making numerous arrests, they have found many missing people, often some of the more vulnerable members of society.”

PC Dalrymple said: “It is incredibly humbling to work these magnificent creatures. They give us their heart and soul to serve our communities and keep us safe from danger. It has been a great team effort and demonstrates the special skills that the dog section has in its armoury.”