The first days at work are usually nerve-wracking. There’s a lot to learn, and you just have to impress your boss, and his is exactly what has happened to this police dog.
A Welsh police dog performed extraordinarily well on his first shift when he located a mother and baby, who happened to be lost.
Max, who was just newly licensed, resumed for duty with the Dyfed-Powys Police, with Peter Lloyd as his handler. He quickly located this woman who had already slept in a remote location in Powys, Wales along with her child.
This mixed German Shepherd, aged two years, quickly utilized his training during his first operational shift, covering a large distance to help locate this mother and her child.
This police dog was called to work just before midday on 1st August after a call came in reporting the missing woman. The force launched a search immediately to locate this woman and her one-year-old child.
In a statement, Inspector Jonathan Rees-Jonas revealed that:
The woman had not been seen or spoken to for two days, which was out of character, and her phone wasn’t working, so naturally concern for her safety was high. Thanks to excellent work between teams, the woman’s car was quickly found on a mountain road. Although this gave officers a location to search from, there was still a vast area to cover given the amount of time she had been missing. This is where PD Max’s tracking skills really came into play. Despite only recently becoming licensed, and on his first operational shift, he immediately commenced an open area search.Inspector Jonathan Rees-Jones.
With support from an NPAS helicopter and the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, as well as advice from a search expert, more units were brought in to help comb the search area which includes woodland and a small reservoir.
Lloyd and Max covered a large distance, and around 1.30 pm, with help from the nose of the canine, the missing woman was spotted by the officer, close to a steep ravine on the mountainside, waving for assistance.
After an hour-and-a-half of searching, the mom and baby were found…safe, but cold. This was a fantastic coordinated and determined team effort from everyone involved, (but) I must give a special mention to PC Pete Lloyd and Max, who on their very first day since completing their training together covered a significant amount of mileage in the search, eventually locating them safe.Inspector Jonathan Rees-Jones