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A RECRUITMENT drive for canine crime fighters is set to help in the police's dogged fight against drugs.

The three dogs - Milo, Gunnar and Dex - are currently undergoing training in the hope that they will be operational for Cleveland Police's dog section in mid-February.

Officers appealed in October 2012 for members of the public to donate English springer or cocker spaniels to the unit to be trained to sniff out illicit drugs.

The three dogs are now undergoing training which will teach them how to identify the main substances that police search for. They are also trained environmentally in venues, vehicles and open spaces, searching for cash and searching for weapons.

Inspector Bev Gill, head of the Operational Support Unit, said: "We are delighted that our appeal has resulted in us being able to train three new dogs. Drugs blight the lives of many communities and we are looking forward to being able to use the dogs on operational duties in the fight against illegal substances.

"Our new recruits will be a vital tool within the unit."

Milo, a two-year-old cocker spaniel, is now paired with PC Mark Baines.

Gunnar is a 19-month-old springer spaniel. His handler is Sergeant Al Turley who has been with the unit for 10 years.

Both were donated from the Durham area.

Dex was bought from a breeder. He is a 19-month-old springer spaniel and will now pound the streets with PC Liam Sewell.

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TRAINING TIME: From left are Dex with PC Liam Sewell, Milo with PC Mark Baines and Gunnar with Sergeant Al Turley. The spaniels, which are the latest recruits in Cleveland Police's dog section, are also pictured below with their handlers Pictures by IAN MCINTYRE
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 29, 2013
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