Meet Max! He’s a two-year-old German Shepherd, and he mostly certainly didn’t fail to impress everyone on his first shift with the Dyfed-Powys Police Department in Wales.
It seemed like destiny for Max to locate a family of two as he had recently been called to duty just before midday on Saturday, August 1, when the force received a call reporting a missing mother and child. A search party—including Max and his handler PC Peter Lloyd—was immediately launched to find her and her one-year-old.
Inspector Jonathan Rees-Jones said, “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, the concern for her safety was high”.
Thanks to the excellent team effort, it didn’t take long before the woman’s car was found on a mountain road. Although these might seem like good news—which frankly, it was—there was still a vast area to cover considering how long she had been missing. However, it helped give the officers a location to search from.
This is where Max came in. The newly-trained pup’s tracking skills were briskly put to the test for his first operational shift, thoroughly covering an impressive distance of woodland in trying to locate the likely at-risk mother and child.
At roughly 1:30pm, an hour and a half since the commencement of the search, PC Peter Lloyd, guided by Max, spotted the woman near a steep ravine on the mountainside waving for help. She was helped down, and arrangements were made for her and her baby to be checked by a mountain rescue doctor and the ambulance service.
Much like any (fur)parent, handler Peter Lloyd was delighted with Max’s performance, explaining “Max remained focused throughout the long search and he proved invaluable when he reacted to the call for help which resulted in us locating them”.
This just goes to show how essential police K9 dogs are in the force. This good boy and his handler truly deserve to be recognised. Well done, PD Max and PC Lloyd!
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