Police dog trials to be held in South Yorks

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South Yorkshire is to host the national police dog trials this year.

Handlers and their dogs from across the country will be put through their paces after qualifying at regional trials.

Police dog trials, held annually, test the operational skills required of police dog teams, including agility, obedience, tracking and search skills.

Some 21 competitors will take part in the three-day event, to be held at Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham, between May 15 and 17.

Harry Morton, South Yorkshire Police’s Dog Training Manager and the organiser of this year’s trials, said: “This is the first time the National Police Dog Assessments have been held in South Yorkshire.

“It’s a great honour for the force and for everyone involved.

“South Yorkshire Police have qualified for the national trials for several years.”

The trials are free of charge to watch.