A police spokesman said: “Police dogs perform a vital role in policing and are highly trained to respond to a variety of situations including searching for offenders and missing people, recovering important evidence, disarming or detaining violent suspects and controlling hostile crowds.You just know, when you see a comment that starts like this, a fuck-up of immense proportions has occurred don't you?
“On two occasions, when off duty in Caistor St Edmund and four months later, whilst tracking a suspected burglar in Norton Subcourse, one of our police dogs instinctively used its training techniques when confronted with a sheep and cat respectively, regrettably resulting in their death.Ummm, I think the point is it didn't 'use its training techniques'. Surely? Because isn't part of that training supposed to discourage it from this sort of behaviour?
A photo of police dog training, now suspected to originate with the Photoshop Rapid Response Unit...
“The dog, a two year old German Shepherd with a strong track record of achievement, was immediately removed from active duty and has been subject to three separate safety tests, which have all concluded that he poses no risk over and above any other police dog.”That's ...ummmm... comforting. I think?
The spokesman said: “Officers liaised with the owners in each case and agreements made to offer compensation and make amends.“No doggy IPCC to drum the brute out of the force then?