She’s intelligent, friendly and cuts an elegant figure. She’s also considerably smaller and lighter than many of her police dog colleagues, making her all too easy to underestimate.
Meet Police Dog (P.D.) Didi. A Belgian Malinois, her speed and agility make her superb police dog material. She can touch 33 mph and jump a six foot fence from standing.
A busy and sociable puppyhood has left P.D. Didi easygoing with the general public, children and other dogs. A secondment to Portsmouth has lent her a touch of swagger. Her steadfastness and amenable personality are a great foundation to progress within the police from a general role into a more specialised area.
Her handler, P.C. Stacy Beale has worked with her for two years. They cover the Petersfield area as part of their overall patch, which takes in north and east Hampshire.
P.C. Beale, talks to Kate Fairweather about her abilities, their relationship and what it takes to make it in the police dog world.
And, in case you were interested…they also discuss how you become a police dog handler.
How to become a police dog puppy socialiser volunteer.