Saturday, December 15, 2007

Dog sniffs out record offenders

A Durham Police dog has become so successful at sniffing out offenders that he is being sought after by other forces to assist their operations.

Dibley is believed to be the best performing passive drugs dog in the country, having notched up more than 120 arrests in the last 12 months.

The three-year-old golden Labrador now travels as far afield as North Wales with his handler, Pc Alison Dawson

He can detect drugs including cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, cannabis and rohypnol.

Most of Dibley's work is in pubs and clubs, but he has also visits businesses and schools.

Pat on head

Once his keen nose picks up the smallest trace of a drug on a person he sits, looks at them, and refuses to move.

Pc Dawson said: "Dibley is absolutely phenomenal.

"He is food rewarded and won't move until he gets a reward, or a pat on the head.

"I have come across lots of scanning dogs but Dibley is the best I have ever seen. He just wants to work."

She added that although his arrest total during the year is now 122, he has no plans for retirement.

"He still has a lot of working years ahead of him.

"Although he is currently in love with our cat I have got my eye on a mate for him to develop the Dibley 'strain'."

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