Meet the dog squad! North Yorkshire’s police dogs become TV stars

1 Nov 2018 @ 10.07 pm
| Entertainment

If anyone has a nose for a case it’s this lot.

Police dogs Isla, Thor, Meg, Patto, Billy and Dixon are always sniffing out the criminals.

And their work will be showcased on a national TV show from next week.

The animals, and their two-legged colleagues from the North Yorkshire Police Dogs Unit, make their TV debut on Dog Detectives starting this Monday (November 5).

The ten-part series goes out at 8pm on channel Quest Red.

Criminals, firearms and drugs

The dogs and their handlers have been accompanied on a number of shifts by a film crew since early 2018 as they’ve tackled the challenges of detecting anything from missing people to fleeing criminals, firearms and drugs.

As the series begins, there’s a long overdue and emotional reunion between PC Martin Gayles and his two beloved furry work pals, PD Meg and PD Thor – who retired from the force in the summer.

Meanwhile PC Lynne Fletcher is called in to track down suspects linked to a missing bag believed to contain drugs with the help of sniffer dog PD Billy and general purpose dog PD Patto.

Later on in the series PC Gareth Gummerson attends an explosives search with his explosive detection search dog PD Isla and a property search and general purpose dog PD Dixon.

Commenting on the series PC Martin Gayles said:

  • The bond between police dog handlers and our dogs is unbreakable and so it’s been an honour to be able to capture that for others to see.

    I’m proud to be part of the police dog family and be able to highlight the vital contribution we bring to operational policing.

In addition to North Yorkshire Police, dogs and their handlers from Merseyside Police’s Dogs Section, Police Scotland’s Dog Section and The British Transport Police’s Dog Section also feature in the series.

Dog Detectives – Monday from 5 November at 8pm on channel Quest Red. Available on Freeview 38, Freesat 169, Sky 149, Virgin 215 and BT TV 38

Canine crimebusters

PD Isla
PD Patto

PC Martin Gayles with PD Thor and PD Meg
PC Fletcher and PD Patto
PD Billy
PD Dixon

PDs Dixon and Isla
PD Isla

PC Gayles and Meg
PC Gayles and Meg

PC Fletcher and PD Patto
PD Patto