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A day in the life of a police dog handler

A day in the life of a police dog handler

Meet the dogs who — in the face of danger — stand side by side with our protective force. Michael Hallam spends the day with police dog handler PC Mick Judge.

Preventing and fighting crime is a constant battle for the police. To keep up with criminals, they are armed with an ever-increasing number of sophisticated gadgets. There is one resource, however, that technology cannot replace — the police dog. Harnessing the talents of their canine companions is still an invaluable crime-fighting tool.

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