Puppies begin police dog training sessions

Three of the puppies who have started their training with the Northumbria Police Dog Section.
Three of the puppies who have started their training with the Northumbria Police Dog Section.

Six adorable puppies have started a journey to become fully qualified police dogs.

Three eight-week-old German Shepherds and three 14-week-old Belgian Malinois have joined Northumbria Police’s Dog Section.

They were bred especially for the role of a general purpose dog and will now be homed with a dog handler from the force, who will guide them through their training.

Over the next three months, they will go through a series of drills that will prime them for a career of tackling criminals and reducing crime across the North East.

You can follow their progress via the Twitter account @NPDogSection, which is using the hashtag #NPpuppywatch.